It locks in an unfair tax system.
The current Constitution forces our poorest citizens to pay a disproportionate share of their income in taxes.
- For example, the wealthiest one percent of Alabamians pay about 4% of their income in state taxes, while the poorest fifth of our citizens pay nearly 11% (see PDF chart).
- Moreover, Alabama families begin paying income taxes after just $12,600 in earnings, one of the lowest thresholds in the nation. By contrast, Mississippi does not begin collecting income tax until a family makes more than $19,000 in a year.
- Alabama is one of only a handful of states that still collects sales taxes on groceries and non-prescription drugs