Tuesday, Governor Robert Bentley took his Road to Economic Recovery to Jasper.
Governor Bentley met with Rusty Richardson, owner of Bernard's, a 64-year-old men's clothing store in downtown Jasper. Richardson told Bentley Congress needed to pass a law allowing the state and local governments to collect taxes off of internet sales.
"It hurts our business because people shop on the Internet, let's face it. If they are not paying the tax they are saving money doing that. It hurts the state and it hurts us," Richardson said.
Richardson said this would create a level playing field. Later Governor Bentley addressed the Walker County Chamber of Commerce. Bentley told FOX6 News before his address that the state's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.3 percent.
"When you see our unemployment rate being the lowest unemployment rate of any southeastern state, including Texas and some of the other states who are usually a head of us," Bentley said.
Bentley has vowed not to take a salary until the rate drops to about 5.25 percent unemployment.
There was more good economic news for Walker County. Bentley's administration announced the town of Cordova received $3.7 million in federal grant funds to help rebuild their city hall and library in downtown which was destroyed by the April 27 tornado back in 2011.
"This will give us that muncipal anchor where we can anchor a corner of a street. Where we can anchor an entire street downtown. We can hopefully prod those private developers to come back in," Drew Gilbert, Mayor of Cordova, said.
Governor Bentley says he is looking to do even more to bring jobs to Alabama. He is looking at the next session of the state legislature to bring in even more tax incentives to get those companies to look at the state.
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