Sponsor says Ala. GOP's grocery tax plan will fail

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Republican-backed plan to phase out the state sales tax on groceries has received a public hearing before a state Senate committee.

But the plan's sponsor, Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, predicts the bill won't get out of the committee. The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee held a public hearing on Beason's bill Wednesday.

The committee is scheduled to vote on the bill next week. The bill would remove 1 percent of the state's 4 percent grocery tax in each year when tax collections for public education grow at least 3 percent.

Beason's bill would not require anyone to pay more tax to replace the grocery tax. The Senate Republican Caucus has endorsed the bill. Alabama Education Association attorney Susan Kennedy said schools would end up with less money to spend under Beason's bill.

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