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Alabama Tax Shift Proposition (2008)

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The Alabama Tax Shift Proposition had been proposed for the November 2008 ballot in Alabama by a vote of 63-38 in the Alabama state house. The measure then went to the state senate and needed 21 votes there to earn it a place on the ballot.[1] On May 8, the senate came up one vote short, with time remaining in the legislative session there were thought to be other opportunities to re-consider, but this did not occur.[2]

The measure would have amended the state's constitution; it would have raised the overall tax burden in the state by about $25 million, while reducing taxes for about 80% of the state's residents and increasing it for 20%.

Specifically, it would have:

  • Eliminate the state's current 4% sales tax on groceries
  • Eliminate the right of Alabama taxpayers to deduct from their Alabama income taxes what they pay to the federal government in income taxes.
  • Raise the standard deduction and add new exemptions, thus reducing the state income tax burden for many middle-income households.


  1. Birmingham News, Alabama House passes plan to remove sales tax on groceries; Senate approval would send measure to voters, April 16, 2008
  2. Montgomery Advertiser, Senate blocks grocery tax bill, May 9, 2008