Opponents of the biggest tax increase in Alabama history hold a dramatic lead in the polls, but they worry that weekend sermons urging approval of the 1.2 billion dollar measure, aimed partly at helping poor families, may change as ballots are cast Tuesday.
Alabama voters will decide one proposed constitutional amendment, whether to approve or reject Governor Bob Riley's tax package and the new education programs it would help finance. Recent polls show opponents leading by more than 20 percentage points, but Roger McConnell, co-chairman of the Tax Accountability Coalition fighting the plan, didn't feel comfortable Monday, particularly after many ministers promoted the tax initiative from the pulpit.
The Governor continued to push his plan Monday as he traveled the length of the state, holding news conferences from Huntsville to Mobile. He discounted recent polls, including a survey of likely voters released Sunday that showed 58 percent against, 30 percent in favor and 12 percent undecided.