After hearing predictions for moderate economic growth and no recession in 2008 for Alabama, Gov. Bob Riley last week called on state lawmakers to support tax relief.

The state’s economy grew by 2.3% in 2007 and is forecast to grow by 2.2% in 2008 and 2.8% in 2009. More than 21,000 new jobs are expected to be created in 2008 and another 23,000 in 2009, according to the economic outlook report by the University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

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