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Yes we are at it again

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Shaun, May 15, 2002.

  1. Shaun

    Shaun G&G Evangelist

    I just noticed our protests this morning have made the AP Wire. Just an example of how you can fight for the things you want or DON'T WANT in your states.

    Tennesseans Protest Income Tax Plan

    By KARIN MILLER
    Associated Press Writer

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators honked horns and waved signs at the Tennessee Capitol Wednesday to protest plans to
    create a state income tax.

    Noisy motorists circled Legislative Plaza, spurred by a local radio talk-show host who was broadcasting live from outside the complex.

    Protester Les Laughlin added to the cacophony by beating on a large drum. ``The state needs to control its spending, not raise revenue,'' Laughlin
    said.

    The protesters show up whenever talk of an income tax surfaces in the Legislature. Neither the full House or Senate has yet voted on taxing
    incomes, but House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh was considering Wednesday whether to call for a vote on his own plan and reportedly was close to
    having enough votes to pass it.

    Naifeh's plan would create a 4.5 percent flat income tax while stripping the 6 percent sales tax from groceries, many clothing items and
    nonprescription drugs.

    A different plan to extend the sales tax to services and currently exempted items also was ready for House consideration after it passed two
    committees Tuesday, but it wasn't clear if its sponsors intended to bring it up Wednesday.

    Tennessee is one of nine states without an income tax.

    Naifeh, Gov. Don Sundquist and Senate Speaker Pro Tem Robert Rochelle have been pushing for tax reform for several years. They say the sales
    tax overburdens the poor and does not bring in enough money to cover education and other necessary services.

    Income tax opponents say the government should operate within its means.

    Last year, an anti-tax rally escalated after troopers locked demonstrators out of the Capitol. Three windows were broken, and protesters who got
    inside shouted and pounded on chamber doors so loudly that lawmakers could barely hear the call for votes.
     
  2. Stopper

    Stopper G&G Newbie

    Fight with all your might!!!

    Here in Kansass! our well to doers are spending like there is no tomorrow and we have to flip the bill again. Some 190+ million will be taken from education, thats what happens when the state takes over the education system. We were doing just fine when the school districts took care of themselves.

    Getting the gov't involved in anything just means that things are gonna get more complicated and cost more and more.
     

  3. Shaun

    Shaun G&G Evangelist

    we seem to have stopped them for this week but they are expected to try again next wed.
     
  4. Shaun

    Shaun G&G Evangelist

    Well you'll probably see it again we are back for round #2 with the Tax and Spend Crew (State Lawmakers)