MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Senate gives final approval to a bill that will allow Jefferson County officials to levy a .45 percent occupational tax.
The measure will take effect as soon as Gov. Bob Riley signs it into law.
The bill would immediately allow the Jefferson County Commission, until Jan. 1,2010, to collect the county's current occupational tax of 0.5 percent of the salaries of many people who work in the county.
Doctors, lawyers and others who pay license fees to the county or state will be exempt from paying the tax until next year.
ANNISTON, Ala. – (AP) - Employees of Anniston Sportswear Corp. say the plant has closed, leaving 200 workers without a job. The factory makes men's pants and was once one of the city's largest businesses. The Anniston Star reports employees told the newspaper that the bankrupt parent company's new owners took the remaining pants from the factory over the weekend and closed the plant with no notice. On Friday, the company closed a deal with London-based Emerisque
ANNISTON, Ala. – (AP) - Anniston Sportswear Corp. likely will shut down, putting 200 people in jeopardy of being unemployed. The news came Friday as angry workers gathered outside the plant to ask why they weren't paid on schedule. Company officials said the workers would receive their pay Monday. Taras P. Proczko, executive vice president for Chicago-based Hartmax Corp., the plant's parent company, said Friday that the London-based Emerisque Brands has bought the Anniston plant and plans to shut it down.
August 10,2009 – (AP) - Alabama legislators are heading to Montgomery to begin a special session aimed at resolving a budget crisis in the state's most populous county. Lawmakers convene Monday night to consider bills that would help end a partial government shutdown that began last week in Jefferson County. About 1,000 county workers are on unpaid leave, and residents are waiting in line for hours to do things like renew their car tags. Court rulings earlier this year blocked Jefferson County from spending money from an occupational tax that provides about
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama's two Republican U.S. senators voted against approving Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court. Sens. Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby were on the losing side of the Senate's 68-31 vote Thursday in Washington. Shelby says he voted against Sotomayor because of concerns about her willingness to properly and dutifully uphold fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution. Sessions says that until Sotomayor was nominated for the Supreme
Mobile, Alabama – MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama city is dismissing a charge that could have sent an 81-year-old woman to jail for urinating in a public park when she couldn't make it to a bathroom. Prosecutors in Mobile asked a court Wednesday to throw out a public lewdness charge against Lula Mae Battle. Battle has incontinence problems and couldn't make it to a public restroom in a downtown park on June 3. She ducked behind bushes to relieve herself, and a police cadet had her arrested.