Gov. Bob Riley began a recession-driven legislative session by urging lawmakers to enact tax breaks to revitalize Alabama's ailing economy and pass a stronger ethics law to rebuild public confidence.
Riley's State of the State speech Tuesday night was a pep talk about how Alabama emerged from economic troubles during his first year in office in 2003. Then he outlined a plan for doing it again in 2009.
The governor is proposing tax credits for businesses that hire the unemployed. He also is proposing tax breaks to attract research and development companies, corporate headquarters and the emerging green economy.
Riley also says a tougher ethics law would make Alabama more attractive to businesses.