Education Money In, Tax Cut Out

By: Network News Service
By: Network News Service

Alabama House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a record $6 billion education budget, but rejected an income tax cut in the bill.

The funding bill targets more special education and physical education teachers and more school nurses.

There's additional money for more computers and other classroom technology, but the lead proponent of the income tax cut is not giving up.

"All Alabamians will receive a tax cut, and that will allow more money in their pocket to spend however they want to, clothes for their children, college education. It would help them out," said Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery, a Republican. "But the great thing it does, it will remove an inequity. We have families of four making less than $10,000 a year having to pay state income tax."

The $28 million income tax reduction was defeated along party lines, 59 to 36. Love said he'll try to get the tax cut into another bill.

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