September Referendum
4:40 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Gov. Bentley Says No New Taxes If Vote Fails

Gov. Robert Bentley says he won't propose any tax increases if Alabama voters reject a proposal to take more than $437 million out of a state trust fund to use for the state General Fund budget. Bentley said he made a promise to the people of Alabama that he wouldn't raise taxes on families and he intends to keep that promise. Bentley said he will also veto any broad-based taxes passed by the Legislature. Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr of Decatur said the governor's no-tax position means it's almost certain the Legislature won't pass a tax. Alabama citizens will go to the polls Sept. 18 to vote on the $437 million transfer from the Alabama Trust Fund. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.