Riley Asks For Educators' Help

Governor Bob Riley is asking members of Alabama's school boards to learn more about his tax plan and help educate others about it. Riley asked educators to help him explain to voters just how important the plan is.

The plan, which is up for a referendum on September 9th, would raise taxes on higher income earners and homeowners and ease the tax burden on lower income residents. Riley, who has opposed tax hikes in the past as a congressman, has said the plan is a last resort for a budget deficit he said will total 675 million dollars at the beginning of the fiscal year October 1st.

Opponents say the plan comes at a bad time because the economy is bad. But Riley says the plan is crucial to lifting the state from the bottom of national education lists.