Food sales tax measure fails to garner House support

Published 4:12 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A measure to end Alabama’s sales tax on food failed today when it could not muster enough votes to bring it up for debate.

However, State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R-Indiana Springs, who represents District 43, said she thinks the measure will come up again yet this legislative session.

“I really do hope the body will see fit for us to pass a bill that would relieve us of sales tax on food through tax credits. I think that’s the way to go. You could file for it as a tax credit off of your income tax,” said State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin.

McClurkin was not in favor of debating the measure as it is written.

“It’s not that I’m against taking sales tax off of food, but I’m against increasing taxes on those already paying plenty of taxes. This bill would do that,” McClurkin said.