With unemployment rising and food prices soaring, Alabama’s working families badly need some relief. A bill is moving through the legislature that will help and the bill should be passed. The grocery tax bill (House Bill 116) will go to the House floor for a vote and hopefully will have enough support to pass. The bill would lower the grocery tax without reducing funding for education. It would end the 4-cent state grocery tax and pay for the reduction by capping the unfair deduction for federal income taxes, which gives huge tax breaks to people at very high incomes. It’s quite obvious that our tax system is out of balance and is in need of reform. While this is only a first step, it’s an important step. Those who oppose the legislation are simply protecting wealthy citizens who will pay a little more taxes. Currently, the top 3% of taxpayers get more than half of the benefit from a deduction that costs $770 million. By ending this tax break for people at high incomes, the grocery tax can be reduced, which in the long run will benefit all Alabamians. In short, Rep. Knight’s grocery tax bill will help put things in our state back into balance. If you agree encourage your House member and Senator to support this legislation.
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