ACPP in the News

Bill to end grocery tax moving in Ala. legislature

New York Times article

A Montgomery legislator and a group representing Alabama's poor have no expiration date on their efforts to remove the state sales tax from groceries. They are trying for the 12th year.

The House Education Appropriations Committee used a voice vote Wednesday to approve a sales tax bill by Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery. Knight's bill would make up the lost sales tax revenue by raising the income taxes paid by the wealthiest 4 percent of Alabamians. The income tax hike doesn't fly with many Republicans.

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Free groceries!

Birmingham News editorial

How does two weeks' worth of free groceries sound? That's what the great majority of Alabamians stand to gain if the Legislature removes the state's 4 percent sales tax from food and over-the-counter drugs.

Alabama Arise, a group that lobbies for the poor, uses that pitch to make the case for lawmakers axing the state sales tax. Obviously, saving 4 percent on grocery bills over the course of a year means saving 4 percent a year, which is roughly two weeks of that 52-week year. Even journalists can do that math.

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Food taxes and the wolf

Anniston Star editorial

The Alabama Legislature too often resembles the boy who cried "wolf!"

Many times, members of this august body say the right things, support worthwhile, life-changing legislation, and seem willing to consider alternatives to status-quo mediocrity. That raises hopes and expectations. It makes Alabamians believe Goat Hill isn't only for those who graze on the state dime.

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Plan would cut state sales tax on food, some drugs

Birmingham News article

Alabama lawmakers will debate a new plan for eliminating Alabama's 4 percent sales tax from food and over-the-counter drugs and paying for it by raising income taxes on the state's top earners.

Under the plan to be debated Wednesday by a legislative committee, individual taxpayers making $100,000 a year or less and couples making $200,000 a year or less wouold see the amount they pay overall in state taxes lowered.

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Health reform bill gives 642,000 uninsured Alabamians access to coverage

Birmingham News article

Close to 642,000 Alabamians without health insurance would be able to get coverage under the massive health reform bill expected to be signed into law today -- a boon especially for those who want insurance but can't get it because of pre-existing health problems.

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Tax cuts, just for fun

Anniston Star editorial

Sometimes it is hard to figure out what Alabama's legislators are trying to do.

State Sen. Zeb Little, D-Cullman, is leading the way for a package of tax cuts that will "help Alabama families that are struggling with this economy," he said.

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Repeal grocery tax . . . now

St. Clair Times editorial

Here we are again -- Alabama lawmakers at the crossroads of doing the right thing or choosing to ignore a constituency that could really use the help.

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It's past time for Legislature to repeal 4 percent grocery tax

Opelika-Auburn News editorial

The proposal of eliminating the state's 4 percent sales tax on food isn't going away, and that's a good thing.

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Grocery tax should be repealed now

(Talladega) Daily Home editorial

Here we are again -- Alabama lawmakers at the crossroads of doing the right thing or choosing to ignore a constituency that could really use the help.

That's what it means to repeal the 4 cents Alabamians pay the state in sales tax on their groceries and over the counter medicine. It would mean a break on every dollar families spend to put food on the table.

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The time is right to repeal grocery tax

Birmingham News editorial

When the nation's economy catches a cold, Alabama gets pneumonia, the saying goes.

And when the nation's economy catches pneumonia, as it has during the Great Recession? Let's just say Alabama's economy is gravely ill and struggling.

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