400 Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
- Toll Free 1.888.564.6273
- Local 202.783.3870
<p>The Tuscaloosa News (6/19, Stevenson) reports, "Fresh off a narrow victory in a hotly contested race for governor, Bob Riley finds himself gearing up for yet another campaign. This one is to get Alabama voters to approve a massive tax reform and accountability package in a Sept. 9 referendum. ... 'I am having a hard time getting out the message that what this is, is really a massive reform and accountability plan that will totally remake government for the better,' the governor said in his office Wednesday." The News adds, "What the governor is proposing is nothing less than a continuation of the campaign he was running for governor this time last year, a campaign that swept him into the governor's mansion as a conservative Republican and now sees him pushing for the historic tax increases and accountability measures. He plans to hit the campaign trail between now and Sept. 9 to sell his package and says he is confident it can be done." </p>
<p>Armey To Fight Riley's Tax Plan.</p>
<p>The Tuscaloosa News/AP (6/19, Rawls) reports, "Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and Gov. Bob Riley usually worked together in Congress, where Riley served for six years as a conservative Republican. But now Armey is planning a trip to Alabama to work against Riley's $1.2 billion tax plan. ... 'I love him like a brother,' Armey said Wednesday, but he said Riley's $1.2 billion tax increase goes against everything he stood for during 18 years as a Texas congressman. 'My responsibility is to the things I've believed in all my life and to our members in the state,' Armey said." The News adds, "The taxes and the new programs are contingent on voters approving Riley's plan in a referendum Sept. 9. Armey said he is planning a trip to Alabama before the vote." Armey "said Riley's tax plan is so large that it could scare corporations from Alabama and cost so many jobs that it could backfire on the state. Armey said CSE's 7,000 members in Alabama are worked up over Riley's tax plan and are planning block parties and other grass-roots events to get people to vote no."