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Bill to eliminate sales tax on groceries defeated again
By House narrowly rejects bill to remove 4 percent sales tax
Montgomery, Al – - The Alabama House has rejected a
proposal to remove the state's 4 percent sales tax on groceries.
The proposed constitutional amendment was opposed by Republicans
because it replaced the lost revenue by increasing taxes on some
taxpayers making more than $200,000 a year.
The House voted 54-42 for the bill, four votes short of what was
needed to bring the issue up for debate.
The sponsor, Democratic Rep. John Knight of Montgomery, said the
purpose was to help working families. Alabama and Mississippi are
the only states that do not offer some type of tax break on
The bill came up four times in the House last year and failed to
get enough votes to come up each time.