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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Eyes are Watching...

State Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, said that the nation is watching the outcome of a special session to save Jefferson County.

Rogers said CNN is already calling to see whether the 25 members of the Jefferson County legislative delegation is going to pull off to what amounts to a miracle. That's especially true as legislators who represent other areas of the state are chomping at the bit to get into the fray.

Several legislators outside of Jefferson County are opposed to the occupational tax, particularly those who have constituents who live in their district, but work in Jefferson County.

During the morning discussion of the occupational tax bill, state Rep. Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, pointed out that the Jefferson County's problem was becoming a statewide issue.

State Rep. Jeremy Oden, R-Eva, told Rogers at the mic that he planned to vote no.

"I have an ideological problem with an occupational tax," he said.

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks

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