Legislators look ahead to Fiscal Year 2017

Published: Sep. 21, 2015 at 9:31 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2015 at 9:39 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Fresh off finally passing a state budget legislators are already looking ahead to next year's session and future financial challenges for the 2017 fiscal year.

"I think we're looking a lot about the Department of Education," said state Representative Terri Collins. "You've heard people that totally want to defund that."

Collins, out of Decatur, said next year's session will probably have a heavy dose of bills about your child's education and how it's funded. Collins chairs the Education and Policy committee.

But the financial debate on how Alabama raises and spends tax payer dollars won't stop there.

"I think we're going to see some very familiar things that we've just seen over the last six to eight months," said state Senator Bill Holtzclaw.

Holtzclaw voted against tax increases this session, but believes many of those same debates that happened this year will also be brought back again next session.

"A soda tax, to a cigarette tax, to a new car tax, to a title tax," said Holtzclaw.

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Both lawmakers agree gambling and a state lottery are also still very much in the mix.

"I've been asked about serving on a task force about that and I would be very much open to that," said Collins.

"I do think we'll see some legislation in the months ahead for lottery and gambling," said Holtzclaw.

Only the cigarette tax passed this session.

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