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State Sen. Orr says tax rebates still being considered, cuts unlikely — 'This is one-time money'

State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) said last December that a rebate plus a tax cut weren’t off the table. However, now he said most people should expect a one-time rebate of roughly $200 per person.

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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.

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Education budget chair State Sen. Orr says tax rebate, cut both under consideration

Lawmakers are grappling with what to do with a $2.7 billion education budget surplus with the 2023 legislative session around the corner.

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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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State Sen. Orr: If the people of Alabama want school choice, they certainly need to speak out to help move that needle

With now-former State Rep. Charlotte Meadows' (R-Montgomery) loss on Tuesday and the retirement of long-time former State Sen. Del Marsh (R-Anniston), the future of a school choice bill making it through the Alabama Legislature in the future is very unclear.

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State Sen. Orr credits return to in-person classes for holding ground on NAEP scores, but says still 'a distance to go'

State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) has had his hand in legislation to reform Alabama's education system throughout his tenure in the legislature. Despite some recent progress, he said there is still plenty of room for improvement.

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State Sen. Orr predicts both tax cuts, rebate — 'So much depends on where we are with the economy in March'

Lawmakers have been mixed in their public comments about what to do with a $2 billion budget surplus.

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State Sen. Orr: Legislature could move to require more transparency from public school systems on personnel matters

While the fallout from a Huntsville middle school teacher's drag queen performances still is playing out, Huntsville City Schools has remained tight-lipped on the situation, claiming they were "limited" in what they can share because it was a personnel matter.

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Report: Fewer than 50% of education students pass PRAXIS test on first try in Alabama

With Alabama continually ranking low in education, a recent report by the Alabama Commission on the Evaluation of Services shows the problem may stem from how public universities prepare future teachers for the classroom.

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State Sen. Orr: ABC board giving landlords 'sweetheart' leasing deals; Says board member once offered him deal

State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) has been fighting to get the state out of retail alcohol sales, but he said he'd faced stiff opposition from the landlords who lease their properties to the ABC board.

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State Sen. Orr says doing both tax cuts and tax rebates a possibility

State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur), the Senate Education Budget Committee chairman, had previously floated the idea of one-time tax rebates.

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Board game: How 375 regulatory agencies impact Alabama's employment and business

Alabama has around 375 regulatory boards and agencies responsible for issuing licenses. The boards cover everything from electricians, to cosmetology, to interior designers.

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Arthur Orr: Campus free speech is a matter of statewide importance, not politics

Public colleges and universities should be free and open to the exchange of ideas—places where our future teachers, lawyers, doctors, judges, community leaders and voters can exercise their constitutionally-protected freedom of speech.

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Alabama on 'an island' in Southeast — No major tax relief in 2021 and 2022

Alabama was the only state in the Southeast to not offer its citizens any broad-based, major sales or income tax relief in 2021 or 2022.

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Lawmakers reluctant to support removing Alabama Jobs Act economic incentives cap

The Alabama Jobs act has been in the spotlight since proposals to remove the caps on the tax credit incentives provided for corporations who decide to set up shop in the state. 

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Libertarian gubernatorial nominee Blake calls State Sen. Orr tax rebate proposal 'absurd and an insult'
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Orr proposes 'significant' rebates for those who paid state income taxes – 'We conservatives need to send money back'

Earlier this week, State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur), the Senate Education Trust Fund chairman, floated the possibility of lawmakers offering a tax rebate in the upcoming year, given the current budgetary surplus of state government.

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State Sen. Orr says Alabama, Auburn fight against the legislature on the horizon over school autonomy

According to State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur), chairman of the House Education Trust Fund Budget Committee, Auburn University and the University of Alabama could be working to oppose the legislature's authority over the two schools.

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State Sen. Orr suggests 'second look' at 2019 abortion ban but says law ultimately up to constituents

During an appearance on Huntsville radio WVNN's "The Dale Jackson Show," State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur), who is an attorney, said the legislature would have to take a "second look" at the law.

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State Senate advances bills to increase the penalties for destroying or damaging a public monument

Alabama’s historical monuments, particularly Confederate monuments, have come under attack in recent years. On Tuesday, the Senate...

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Senate passes bill restricting the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement

The Alabama Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would forbid law enforcement from prosecuting an Alabamian solely on the basis of...

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AL Senate Committee votes to advance tax cuts

The Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation Education committee voted to give two tax-cut bills a favorable report on Tuesday. Senate Bills...

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Holmes to introduce grocery tax repeal

Alabama is just one of a handful of states that charges sales taxes on groceries. GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim James (R) said that...

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Senate incumbents have good year of fundraising thus far

By Brandon Moseley According to recent campaign finance reports filed with the Alabama Secretary of State’s office, Republican candidates...

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Alabama Farmers Federation announces more endorsements

By Brandon Moseley The Alabama Farmers Federation announced another round of state legislative endorsements for the 2022 election....

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Legislature passes COVID mandate legislation

By Brandon Moseley The Alabama Legislature passed two bills designed to provide some relief to Alabamians who are struggling to deal...

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Senate approves two bills on vaccine mandates

By Brandon Moseley The Alabama Senate approved two pieces of legislation Tuesday that would severely limit the ability of employers...

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