Governor Bentley visits Huntsville to rally support for tax proposal

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Governor Robert Bentley addresses a Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce luncheon (Photo: Shane Hays/WHNT News 19)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Governor Robert Bentley returned to Huntsville Wednesday, marking his third trip to the area in just two weeks.

The governor has been meeting with groups around the state, trying to rally support for his $541 million tax proposal.

Speaking before more than 800 members of the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce, the governor said, “this crisis is real and it’s been real for decades.”

Bentley told the crowd the time for “band-aids” has passed.

He claimed his plan is the only workable solution to the state’s financial crisis, which involves a $700 million dollar shortfall in the general fund.

He also urged attendees to contact their legislators and encourage them to support the plan.

“Unfortunately, with only a few days remaining in the regular session, they have failed to address or begin to solve this problem that we face,” Bentley said.