MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT) – Thursday mayors from the state’s five largest cities are asking lawmakers for more flexibility when it comes to governing their cities.
Earlier this year they came together to support lawmakers’ plan to increase the state’s gas tax to 10 cents over the next three years.
Now they are back, and this time they’re breaking with the legislature on several bills.
“It’s bigger than just plastic bags, I’m sorry, all due respect, that’s our purview. There’s no way that a bill like this meaning one size fits all works,” said Todd Strange, mayor of Montgomery.
The big five mayors are urging lawmakers to reject a bill that would deny local governments the ability to ban plastic bags.
“It’s just hugely important for us to continue to have this dialogue, so we can come up with solutions for today’s challenges,” said Sandy Stimpson, mayor of Mobile.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox is pushing a bill in the legislature that would give his city the ability to remove or reduce the tax on groceries.
“This gets back to the decision of let’s let Tuscaloosa make that decision for Tuscaloosa; this decision impacts the state in no way.”
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says it’s important to have the legislature’s support when it comes to economic development.
“Our success are the keys to Alabama’s success, as long as we as the largest cities are successful, we can help grown the whole state.”
Birmingham’s Mayor Randall Woodfin met with lawmakers as well but was not at the press conference due to other obligations.