Arise calls for end to state grocery tax

Leaders of Alabama Arise today called on lawmakers to pass a plan that would let voters decide whether to erase the 4-percent state sales tax on groceries and over-the-counter drugs, which would save taxpayers an estimated $326 million a year. But the plan also would erase part of the state constitution that lets individuals deduct from their taxable state income the federaly income taxes they paid, which would boost state income tax collections by an estimated $485 million a year. The net tax increase of $159 million a year would go to the Education Trust Fund.

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