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Bentley's Ala. Jobs Bill Nears Legislative Passage

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Legislature convened in January with lots of talk about providing tax breaks for businesses to help reduce Alabama's record unemployment. Now the session is nearing an end with only one bill close to passage.

Republican Rep. Robert Bentley of Tuscaloosa has been quietly guiding his bill through the Legislature without a negative vote. All he needs is a vote in the Senate to send his bill to the governor for signing into law.

Bentley's bill would allow businesses to take a state income tax deduction of up to 50 percent of the gross wages paid to any person currently drawing unemployment benefits or whose benefits have expired.

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