Alabama House Democrats Push Lottery, Tobacco Tax

Jan 21, 2014

Minority Leader Craig Ford is calling for another statewide vote for a state lottery as part of the House Democratic Caucus' legislative agenda.
Credit AP Photo/Dave Martin

Democrats in the Alabama House have announced their support for a state lottery referendum, 6 percent raise for public employees and a tobacco tax increase.

The House Democratic Caucus unveiled its agenda Tuesday. House Minority Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden says it's been 15 years since Alabama voters turned down a state lottery, and it's time for another statewide vote.

Rep. Joe Hubbard of Montgomery is sponsoring a $1-a-pack increase in the tobacco tax. He says it could help fund Medicaid and pay for a 6 percent raise for state employees and retirees. The caucus is also pushing a 6 percent raise for education employees and retirees.

That would be funded by ending private school tax credits and repealing a law that limits the growth in state education spending.