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Thu February 26, 2009
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Food Tax Bill Nears Vote in A Senate Committee

Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Republican-backed plan to phase out
the state sales tax on groceries has received a public hearing
before a state Senate committee. But the plan's sponsor, Sen. Scott
Beason of Gardendale, predicts the bill won't get out of the
committee.
The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee held a
public hearing on Beason's bill Wednesday. The committee is
scheduled to vote on the bill next week.
The bill would remove 1 percent of the state's 4 percent grocery
tax in each year when tax collections for public education grow at
least 3 percent. Beason's bill would not require anyone to pay more
tax to replace the grocery tax. The Senate Republican Caucus has
endorsed the bill.
Alabama Education Association attorney Susan Kennedy said
schools would end up with less money to spend under Beason's bill.