Prospects for tax fairness next year are iffy

Birmingham News editorial

Flash back to the 2006 legislative session.

An embarrassing national study fingered Alabama for having the nation's lowest income tax threshold -- the point at which people began paying state income tax -- and it wasn't even close. Alabama's threshold was just for a family of four; no other state's limit was below $10,000. Key Democratic and Republican officeholders talked of the need to do something to bring relief to the state's poor. And this was happening at a time many of them were seeking re-election.

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