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Making ends meet . . . It's a taxing issue!

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By taxing the basic necessities of life, Alabama taxes low-income people deeper into poverty. Everyone should shoulder a reasonable share of the costs for education, health care, public safety -- the services that provide for the common good in our state. The heaviest load shouldn't fall on those least able to pay.

Many working Alabamians are finding it increasingly hard to make ends meet. As the nation's economy continues to suffer through a recession and the number of layoffs continues to climb, Alabama remains one of only two states -- the other is Mississippi -- that offer no tax breaks on groceries. Eliminating the 4 percent state grocery tax would save every Alabama household the cost of two weeks' groceries every year.

Read the 2013 grocery tax bill here.

Get county income facts here.

Read an Arise op-ed on the grocery tax here.

Find out more about Alabama's "upside-down" tax system here and here.

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