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Ala. Gov. To Unveil Legislation To Create Jobs

Montgomery, AL – Bills have been introduced in the Alabama Legislature that would give owners of businesses with less than 50 workers a $1,000 tax credit for every new employee hired who makes $10 an hour or more and who stays on the job for at least a year.

The bills were introduced in the House by Republican Rep. Blaine Galliher of Gadsden and in the Senate by Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur.

Gov. Robert Bentley discussed the bills at a Capitol news conference Tuesday. The governor has said creating jobs would be the centerpiece of his legislative agenda. Bentley has said he would not take a salary until Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to 5.2 percent. Alabama's unemployment rate for January was 9.3 percent.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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