I support the elimination of the grocery tax because it disproportionately affects low-income families and seniors on fixed incomes. Alabama is one of the only states in the Southeast that has not eliminated or reduced the sales tax on groceries.
The average Alabama family spends almost $500 per year just paying the sales tax on groceries! For most families, that’s an additional 3-4 weeks’ worth of groceries they could purchase if they weren’t paying the tax.
I understand that Alabama’s budget is tight, yet they can strangely find hundreds of millions of dollars of tax breaks to give away to corporations while Alabama’s poorest struggle to pay their grocery bills each month.
Eliminating the grocery tax doesn’t just help the poor, it also helps a middle-class family of 5 with teenage boys. My wife and I rarely get out of the grocery store for less than $200, and there’s only 2 of us! I can’t imagine what large families are spending just to eat.
Let’s also remember, leaving more money in the economy by reducing taxes will allow that money to recirculate many more times. An additional $400 million dollars left in taxpayer’s pockets would create a lot of additional economic activity in Alabama. As a fiscal conservative, I always like the idea of reducing the tax burden on hardworking families, and I think the grocery tax is the best place to start!