Democratic Leader Supports Riley's Tax Plan

Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Redding Pitt is supporting Republican Governor Bob Riley's one-point-two  billion dollars tax and accountability plan.

He's urging other Democrats to vote for it September Ninth. Pitt's comments at a forum yesterday were in contrast to Alabama Republican Party Chairman Marty Connors, who said he does not plan to vote for the plan and that a majority of GOP county chairmen and state Republican Executive Committee members are opposed to it. Connors said a big part of their objection is that Riley's plan involves too much, too soon. Riley's plan would phase in state and local tax increases over four years.

The plan would fill a 675 million dollar budget deficit and provide funding for new programs, including college scholarships.