Sen. Pro Tem Marsh discredits governor's accusation on taxes

Del Marsh says despite the governor's statements that people are calling his office to support taxes, he's gotten one call. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Del Marsh says despite the governor's statements that people are calling his office to support taxes, he's gotten one call. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) said Thursday there is not much support for taxes in the Alabama Senate.

"We have never had more than 11 senators in a single sitting agree to a tax measure," Marsh said. "And that was on the cigarette tax."

Governor Robert Bentley believes there are senators willing to vote for tax increases, if only tax bills were to make it to the senate floor. Not a single one made it that far during the last special session that ended without any budget passed.

Over the last couple of weeks, Gov. Bentley, while speaking to multiple crowds, has said there is public support for his tax plan.

"I understand the governor has talked to a lot of people, claims there is a ground swell of support for his taxes..." Marsh said. "I just haven't seen them. "

Bentley encouraged audience members to call their lawmakers to say they support the governor's tax plan, and he said Marsh is getting calls too.

"He's getting calls, he's getting calls," Bentley said. "He might not be answering them all, but he's getting them," referring to Marsh.

"Honest to goodness I've received one phone call from my district and two letters from my district," Marsh contended.

With the budget crisis looming, it seems the governor and lawmakers seem to be at an impasse. And some senators want taxes off the table.

"We've always been up front that we want to get this done," Marsh said, "but we ask at this time that taxes be taken off the table."

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