Alabama Legislative Session Begins Tomorrow
The 2015 Alabama Legislative Session begins tomorrow at noon. Republican Governor Robert Bentley will test his influence with the Alabama Legislature as he tries to convince legislators to approve a $541 million tax increase. Bentley will begin meeting with lawmakers to try to build support for the proposal he announced Friday. The bulk of the money - $405 million - would come from two sources: Raising the tax on cigarettes by 82 cents per pack and raising the sales taxes on automobile purchases from 2 percent to 4 percent. He is also proposing to end corporate tax loopholes, some tax credits for insurance companies and banks. The Republican leaders of the House and Senate said legislators will look at Bentley's proposals, but there is no guarantee they will go along with them.