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Three possible tax cuts in Alabama in 2023

Alabama was one of the only southeastern states in 2021 and 2022 to not offer its citizens any major, broad-based sales or income tax relief despite large state budget surpluses recently.

Ben Harrison
Freshman Legislator Focus: Ben Harrison – ‘My focus will be on initially the repeal of the food tax’

Eliminating Alabama’s state sales tax on groceries is a ”logical first step in our tax reduction efforts,” according to new State Rep. Ben Harrison (R-Cartwright).

Kerry Underwood
Freshman Legislator Focus: Kerry Underwood — 'I’m all about employment and good-paying jobs'

New State Rep. Kerry Underwood (R-Tuscumbia) is hoping to use his CPA and mayoral experience to help Alabama small businesses and attract more high-paying jobs to the state.

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Selma Mayor Perkins: ‘We are out of danger’ after Christmas water leakage state of emergency

They were worried about running out of water on Christmas. Now, Selma is out of danger of that happening, according to Mayor James Perkins, Jr.

Brock Colvin
Freshman Legislator Focus: Brock Colvin — 'At age 27, I will become the youngest member of the Alabama Legislature'

At 27, State Rep. Brock Colvin (R-Albertville) will become the youngest member of the Alabama Legislature.

Matt Woods
Freshman Legislator Focus: Matt Woods — 'It's hard to not like a lot of what Ron DeSantis is doing in Florida'

Incoming State Rep. Matt Woods (R-Jasper) managed to win the Republican primary for House District 13 without a runoff against four other opponents in May.

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Freshman Legislator Focus: Ernie Yarbrough

Newly-elected State Rep. Ernie Yarbrough (R-Trinity) took an interest in politics from a young age.

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed
Montgomery Mayor Reed plays race card in ARPA funding dispute — 'Seems like there are some things that happen now that we’ve got a black mayor'

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed lashed out at city council members Tuesday night claiming their proposal to split federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding was an attempt to "strip" and "gut" his authority and was possibly racially motivated.

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Tuberville on Zelensky speech: Taxpayers need to know that Ukraine funding is ‘being accounted for’

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) said he was “not really fired up” about the approximately $45 billion in funding for Ukraine in the proposed $1.7 trillion federal spending bill ahead of a planned speech by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to Congress on Wednesday night.

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Ivey, 24 governors call for ending COVID-19 public health emergency due to rising Medicaid costs

The Biden administration should end a COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) provision due to it leading to increased Medicaid enrollment and “costing states hundreds of millions of dollars,” according to a letter sent to President Joe Biden by Gov. Kay Ivey and 24 other Governors on Monday.

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County Commission President: Birmingham-Southern College bailout would be a ‘slippery slope’

Giving Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) millions in taxpayer dollars would be a “very slippery slope that we would have difficulty retreating from,” according to Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens.

Birmingham-Southern
Birmingham-Southern College asking for bailout from taxpayers amidst financial woes

Birmingham-Southern College is asking taxpayers to foot the bill for a $37.5 million government bailout, according to the Associated Press.

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DOJ settles racial discrimination lawsuit against Ashland Housing Authority

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Ashland Housing Authority (AHA) settled a Fair Housing Act (FHA) discrimination lawsuit on Tuesday.

School, education
Alabama gets 'D' grade for parental power in education

Alabama ranks 25th for the amount of power parents have over their children’s education, according to a recent study by the Center for Education Reform. 

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Ivey pleads for renewing economic development incentives in speech at legislators' orientation

Governor Kay Ivey called for renewing Alabama’s economic development incentives programs on Wednesday.

Speaker Mac McCutcheon
McCutcheon financially linked to CEO guilty of kickbacks, fraud — Records show favorable treatment from BCBS during tenure

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) was on the payroll of an Alabama-based medical testing company called QBR Inc. years ago that has recently been the target of federal prosecutors.

Sen. Richard Shelby
Sen. Shelby earmarks $656 million in federal government funding bill

Retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) has placed $656 million in earmarks in a bill to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, according to Bloomberg Government.

thermostat, energy
41% of Alabama households reducing basic expenses to pay energy bills

Over 41% of Alabama households reduced basic expenses such as medicine or food to afford energy costs in the last 12 months, according to a recent LendingTree survey.

Mac Gipson, Curtis Stewart
ABC Board administrator Mac Gipson abruptly retires, Curtis Stewart named as replacement

Mac Gipson, administrator of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, is retiring at the end of the year after 12 years in the role, according to an announcement by Gov. Kay Ivey Friday.

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Most of Alabama Republican congressional delegation opposes earmark ban

Most of Alabama's Republican congressional delegation opposed banning earmarks for the upcoming Congress.

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Montgomery City Council delays vote on lodging tax increase again

The Montgomery City Council delayed voting again on an ordinance to increase the city’s lodging tax at a meeting Tuesday night.

Perry Hooper Jr
Circuit Judge drops sexual abuse case against Perry Hooper, Jr.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge J.R. Gaines granted a motion to drop the sexual abuse case against former Alabama State Rep. Perry Hooper, Jr. on Tuesday.

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Republican, Democratic legislators back Jobs Act economic incentives cap increase, extension

Members of the Joint Legislative Study Commission on Economic Development Incentives recommended at a meeting Monday the Legislature consider increasing the $350 million cap on Alabama Jobs Act economic development incentives and extending the sunset date of the law for another five years until July 30, 2028.

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Montgomery County DA files motion to drop sexual abuse case against Perry Hooper, Jr.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office filed a motion Monday in Montgomery County Circuit Court to drop the sexual abuse case against Perry Hooper Jr.

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Tuberville questions FTX’s ‘high marks’ by ESG ratings companies

Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) questioned the liability some major Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ratings companies might have for giving crypto exchange, FTX, “high marks, very high marks for corporate governance” before its recent collapse.

Governor Kay Ivey
Ivey joins 20 Republican governors calling on Congress to remove military vaccine mandate

Congress should remove and prohibit the “Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate” on members of the military due to missed recruitment goals and current service members “leaving our ranks,” according to a letter sent this week to congressional leaders from Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and 20 other Republican governors.

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Legislature's Contract Review Committee approves ABC Board's $450,000 communications contract for underage drinking prevention campaign

Members of the Contract Review Committee reviewed a $450,000 communications services contract between the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board and Direct Communications Thursday for “development of anti-underage drinking materials and online/virtual presentations.”

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