An Associated Press survey of Alabama legislators finds strong support for removing the state sales tax on groceries, but sharp division over how to do it.
The House Democratic Caucus has made removal of the grocery tax a priority for the legislative session beginning Feb. 3.
An AP survey found that 63 percent of House members responding and 70 percent of senators responding favored one of two plans to eliminate the 4 percent grocery tax. The rest of the Legislature was either undecided or didn't like either plan.
One plan would wipe out the tax and replace the lost revenue by repealing Alabama's state income tax deduction for federal income taxes paid. The other that would phase out 1 percent of the tax each year in which revenue for public education grows at least 3 percent.
Support was split fairly evenly between the two plans.
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