- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Prattville state senator is proposing what he says is a middle ground approach to the state’s budget crisis.

Republican state Sen. Clyde Chambliss on Wednesday suggested a combination of temporary soda and cigarette taxes along with long-term budget reforms.

A temporary 25-cent cigarette tax and three-cent soda tax that would expire in three years. Going forward, there would also be a permanent split of state revenues with 78 percent going to education and the rest to the state general fund.

Chambliss also wants to remove the state sales tax on certain groceries, including meat, fruits and vegetables. He says that will give working families a needed tax break.

Gov. Robert Bentley will call lawmakers into special session next month to address a $200 million general fund budget shortfall.

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