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7 Things: Ivey – State is thriving, she is soft on school choice; incentives, rebates big issues; and more …

7. The Legislature doesn’t appear to be ready to get rid of the state’s food tax, but the city of Clay has cut its food tax in half. Maybe other cities will follow suit?

6. One person has been arrested in Mexico in connection with the death of two Americans who were kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel after they were mistaken for Haitian drug smugglers. They were in Mexico for a budget tummy tuck surgery.

5. After gun incidents in schools recently in Birmingham, Monroe County, Jefferson County, Decatur, Huntsville, Beauregard, and more, it should be no surprise that a bullet was found in a Huntsville elementary school classroom. There is no indication where it came from.

4. Two long-shot pro-abortion bills have very little chance of passing but State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures (D-Mobile) has offered up an abolishment of Human Life Protection Act and, if that fails, another bill would create exemptions for rape and incest.

3. Establishment Washington, D.C., in the form of U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) slam Fox News and Tucker Carlson for highlighting inconsistencies in the Jan. 6 narrative.

2. The Alabama Legislature was in session, but is now recessed in preparation of a special session, and the first full-term for Speaker of the House Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) could be “consequential.” Ledbetter told Yellowhammer News, that economic incentive renewal, allocation of American Rescue Plan Act money, and education issues will dominate.

1. Gov. Kay Ivey says the state is “thriving” and “filled with immense opportunity and endless possibilities.” She announced a special session and called for tax rebates of up to $800 per family. Ivey also wants to move forward on education but a voucher program and REAL school choice doesn’t seem to be in the cards.


Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 5-9 a.m. weekdays on WVNN and on Talk 99.5 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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