While efforts to reduce tax liability, mainly Alabama's portion of the tax applied to groceries, have picked up steam in the recent weeks in the Alabama Legislature, Gov. Kay Ivey is missing from the discussion.

According to State Rep. Chip Brown (R-Hollingers Island), that's not necessarily a bad thing.

During an interview with Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "Midday Mobile," Brown suggested Ivey's absence may indicate she will not oppose it.

"I think it's a little gamesmanship between Governor Ivey and the Lieutenant Governor," Brown said. "I think it's probably a good sign, actually, that she's not saying much about it. To me, that says that she isn't wanting to take that on, you know? That she's letting the Lieutenant Governor have his moment, push his issue. But I think that's a good sign for those of us who have been in favor of repealing it."

Jeff Poor is the executive editor of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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