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Bill to Remove Food Tax Expected

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Democrats in the Alabama House are expected to attempt for the fourth time this session to bring up for debate a bill to remove the state's 4 percent sales tax from groceries.
The proposed constitutional amendment is the first item on the work agenda in the House Tuesday.
Republican leaders oppose the bill because it would raise income taxes on some wealthy taxpayers.
The measure's sponsor, Democratic Rep. John Knight of Montgomery, says he plans to offer a substitute bill that would phase in removing the sales tax on groceries over a three-year period.
The proposed constitutional amendment would have to be approved
by voters in a statewide referendum if it passes the Legislature.


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