ATLANTA-- Alabama officials scrambled yesterday to deal with a possible $50 million yearly drain on the state budget, following a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday that overturns the state's tax on out-of-state hazardous waste.

The levy, passed in 1990 by the Legislature to help the state balance its budget, imposes a $112 per ton fee on waste collected outside Alabama, $72 more than the per ton charge on in-state waste.

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