Special Session to resume, House committee to debate cigarette tax, other revenue bills
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers will have their first test of how close, or far apart, they are to reaching a solution for the state’s budget crisis.
The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday will debate a 25-cent-per-pack cigarette tax increase and other revenue bills.
Legislators for months have been at a stalemate over a projected $200 million shortfall in the general fund budget. Lawmakers must get a budget in place by Oct. 1 in order for state agencies to have money to operate.
House Speaker Mike Hubbard said he is optimistic that lawmakers will reach a “reasonable” budget solution that funds the essential functions of state government.
Gov. Robert Bentley is seeking $260 million in new taxes, but lawmakers have previously rejected his ideas.
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