Stop the Alabama Gas Tax Launches "Directory of Fake Republicans" Ahead of Massive Gas Tax Vote

MONTGOMERY—On Thursday morning, as the House holds its first procedural vote in committee on the largest gas-tax increase in the state history of the state of Alabama, Stop the Alabama Gas Tax vowed not to let "anyone forget this vote."

Ralph Long, Chairman of Stop the Alabama Gas Tax, said that "every single legislator who knifes their constituents in the back with this massive gas-tax increase will be held accountable."

On Thursday, Stop the Alabama Gas Tax launched a Directory of Fake Republicans and invited Alabama citizens to keep tabson the status of their representatives.

"The vote on this proposal is critical," Hannah Ford, spokesperson for Stop the Alabama Gas Tax said, "because it flies in the face of everything both conservatives and the hardworking families of Alabama want to see from their representatives in Montgomery. We will not let the state forget this vote."

STOP THE ALABAMA GAS TAX CALLS ON LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AINSWORTH TO OPPOSE MASSIVE GAS-TAX PROPOSAL

MONTGOMERY—On Wednesday afternoon, Stop the Alabama Gas Tax once again called on Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth to speak out against Governor Ivey’s gas-tax proposal—which would result in the largest increase in the gas tax in the state of Alabama’s history.

“Will Ainsworth spent four years professing to be against tax increases, as a state representative and then as a candidate for the office of lieutenant governor,” Ralph Long, chairman of Stop the Alabama Gas Tax said Wednesday.

“He even spoke out against raising the gas tax, saying in a video published on his YouTube channel but since deleted, ‘Before we look at [raising the gas tax] we need to cut waste, reduce the size of government, and look at best prac-tices in other states.’”

“Yet, now, with an all-out push underway for the largest gas-tax increase in state history, Ainsworth is silent. Why? Was he being dishonest then? Or is he being cowardly now?”

Last year, while on the campaign trail, Ainsworth penned an op-ed discussing taxes, budget reform, and a commonsense, conservative approach to addressing our state’s financial situation.

“Alabamians are taxed enough already,” he wrote. “That is why I have dedicated my term in the Alabama House toward fighting the tax raisers, combating new levies, and killing tax bills that were introduced.”

“Attempting to raise taxes without first addressing earmarking,” Ainsworth continued, “is like pouring water into a bucket that has a large hole in the bottom of it.”

Ainsworth vowed to use the “bully pulpit of the lieutenant governor’s office to make another push for commonsense, conservative un-earmarking legislation. By right-sizing state government, attacking waste where it exists, and removing the handcuffs that earmarks present, Alabama can resolve its fiscal problems without forcing its citizens to pay more taxes.”

Ralph Long concluded, “Now is the time to make good on those campaign promises, which won him the right to be called Lieutenant Governor. His lack of action will win him the right to be called something else: All-Talk Ainsworth.”

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Stop the Alabama Gas Tax Says Governor Ivey's Proposal Is a Knife in the Back of Voters

MONTGOMERY—On Wednesday afternoon, Stop the Alabama Gas Tax, a newly formed political action committee, responded to Governor Kay Ivey's proposal to increase the state's gas tax.

Ralph Long, Chairman of Stop the Alabama Gas Tax commented on the proposal Wednesday afternoon. "Governor Kay Ivey has just proposed the largest gas tax increase in the history of Alabama, more than double that of any Democrat governor in the state's history. Her proposal is a knife in the back to voters. We elected her to clean up Montgomery's abundant fiscal woes, not increase our taxes to satisfy Montgomery lobbyists."

Alabamians currently pay an eighteen-cent tax on each gallon of fuel. Governor Ivey's proposal involves a ten-cent gas tax increase which would phase in over a period of three years: $0.06 in 2019, $0.02 in 2020, and $0.02 in 2021. Governor Ivey's proposal will increase the gas tax by an amount over three years that was last achieved over fifty-seven years (1923-1980).

"The Governor's proposal," Long continued, "amounts to a fifty-six percent fuel tax increase on the people of Alabama. This proposal is nothing short of disastrous for lower- and middle-income families who are finally experiencing some economic relief due to congressional Republican tax cuts and simply cannot afford the additional tax burden."

Josh Dodd, Secretary of the Alabama Republican Party, referred to the ALGOP's recent resolution against the gas tax proposal. "Just this past Saturday," Dodd said, "the Alabama Republican Party spoke loudly and clearly with the passage of a firm resolution in opposition to the gas tax. We expect our Republican legislators to listen to the will of the Republican Party."

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