While tax cuts for corporations have been criticized in the commercial media and on many social platforms, not everything is bad! Two of Birmingham’s largest employers have announced some form of increased compensation for their employees.
Is it better than nothing, Birmingham? Thanks to a temporary bill passed by Congress last week, Alabama decided not to freeze CHIP enrollments on January 1, 2018. The move also means coverage won’t stop for enrollees after February 1.
Mark your calendars for March 7, Jefferson county voters. Because that’s the day school officials need voter approval to continue levying two district taxes and two county-wide taxes that provide basic education funding.
The combined taxes produce more than $100 million annually, and that money is shared by each district according to student population.
If you’re headed to the polls, you may be asking: Are these taxes new? And, what exactly is being funded with them?
This week Governor Bentley signed an Executive Order creating a task force to study a tax repeal on groceries.
He also presented this plan during his recent State of the State address on February 7, and at least one Senator said it will take money away from schools.