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Former teacher lobby head sues Ala over new law
By Ala education officials sue over tax credit bills
Montgomery, AL – Former Alabama Education Association
president Anita Gibson is suing Gov. Robert Bentley and other state
officials over three Senate bills the AEA says could cost education
$80 million a year.
The Gadsden Times reports (http://bit.ly/oSHg4W) that Gibson is
the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in Montgomery County Circuit
At issue is the use of tax credits for industrial projects. AEA
funding and revenue manager Susan Kennedy says that allowing use of
the tax credits reduces Education Trust Fund Revenues.
The Senate bills were approved during the 2011 legislative
session. They include a bill authorizing Bentley to approve tax
credits to attract industry.
Montgomery attorney James Anderson said the plantiffs maintain
that the legislation should have originated in the House because
they consider the bills to be revenue measures.