State Rep. McClammy pledges to eliminate state sales tax on groceries


State Rep. Penni McClammy (D-Montgomery) has only been in office since last November, but she’s already considering what she hopes to do with her policy priorities during her term: eliminating the regressive sales tax of the State of Alabama on groceries. .

During an appearance on FM Talk 106.5 mobile radio’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” McClammy discussed the effort and credited former Rep. John Knight (D-Montgomery) as the inspiration.

“[I]If you all remember [former] Rep. John Knight — that was almost his baby bill every year at sessions,” she explained. “Now that Rep. Knight is no longer with us, I still think it’s important for us to introduce his bill and keep trying to get it passed.”

“When I came back to Montgomery, that was one thing that opened my eyes – why are we taxing our races?” McClammy said. “You know, I tell people all the time, especially during this COVID pandemic, we’ve had to make a lot of decisions as Americans about what we can afford to pay, especially if you’re elderly. You know, it’s hard enough, especially when retirees retire. You end up having illnesses, and then you have to make a decision: do I have enough money to pay my bills? Do I have enough money to pay my medical bills? And do I have enough money to eat, especially here with a 10% sales tax here in Montgomery?

McClammy said his efforts would not repeal the entire grocery sales tax and that local governments would be responsible for handling their share of the sales tax.

She also said she was seeking tax relief for over-the-counter prescription drugs. Whether or how the state would compensate for the drop in tax revenue, she said, also remains to be determined.

McClammy, who is seeking his first full term in the November election, had not anticipated the review of this legislative session, which is now underway.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, editor of Breitbart Television, columnist for Mobile’s Weekly Lagniappe, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.


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