Bentley Regrets Voting for Tax Increase

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley voted for a $1.2 billion tax increase in 2003 when the state was facing a big budget shortfall. Now he calls it "the worst thing we ever tried to do."

He says the dire predictions that supporters of Amendment One made in 2003 didn't come true after voters rejected the tax increase. He said the economy picked up and state revenues grew to record levels.

He said that made Alabama citizens skeptical when they hear state officials talking about now having enough money, like they are now.

Bentley said the current cutbacks for the state General Fund budget will be good for the state in the long run because they will force state officials to examine which state services are essential and which are not.

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