Around the South for Mar. 20: AL, GA & FL

Alabama: Bentley tax proposal hits rough waters. GOP legislators are beginning to make significant changes to Gov. Robert Bentley’s (R) proposed $541 million tax increases, part of his $2.3 billion budget, reports the Montgomery Advertiser. Lawmakers are taking aim at his plan to raise the sales tax on vehicle purchases from 2% to 4% by shaving it to 3% and would exempt 18-wheel trucks from any increase if they are used in interstate commerce ……. Georgia: Deal’s troubled-school proposal in trouble? Gov. Nathan Deal’s (R) proposal to give the unelected state superintendent the power to take over the management of failing schools passed the Georgia Senate, but it’s facing opposition in the House, where Democrats argue that the schools need more money, not new management, and some GOPers are disturbed by the transfer of power from local to state control, reports the Journal and Constitution ……. Florida: Scott for Senate? The Tampa Bay Times reports that Gov. Rick Scott (R) has told several major fundraisers that he is interested in running for the US Senate, not this year, but in 2018, when he will be ending his term as governor. Scott, 62, would run for the seat currently held by US Sen. Bill Nelson (D), who will be 76 in 2018. Stay tuned …….