Higher Ed Plans Pro-Tax Rallies

A lobbying group for four-year universities, the Alabama Higher Education Partnership, is organizing rallies for university employees, students and alumni to boost support for Governor Bob Riley's tax plan.

Events are planned July 17th for the University of Alabama at Huntsville. August 26th for Troy State University. August 27th for University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama. August 28th for the University of West Alabama, September third for the University of Montevallo, and September fourth for the University of North Alabama and Jacksonville State University.

Gordon Stone, executive director of the Higher Education Partnership, said he has talked with several attorneys about a state law that prohibits the use of state property, equipment or time for political activities. He said they believe the prohibition applies only to supporting candidates.

Gordon also said the law does not apply to a referendum like the governor's tax and accountability plan. The rallies aren't the only events planned around college campuses. Governor Riley will be at Auburn University on August 26th to address the faculty.

Alabama voters go to the polls September ninth to decide the outcome of Riley's plan.