Food tax heartburn

Rep. G.A. Hardaway, D-Memphis, is sponsoring the current attempt to further lower the sales tax on groceries.

Former Rep. David Fowler, now of the Family Action Council, has a very thoughtful and thorough look at all sides of this proposal.  Although I often disagree with Fowler because of his alliance with conservative social causes, he’s absolutely spot-on with his analysis of what legislators are up against with this vote.

For Legislators, it’s a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t decision.  Those who vote against the reduction will be painted as tax-and-spenders, while those who vote for it will bear the blame for an irresponsible decision leading to further painful cuts in services provided to Tennesseans — education, health care, public safety, etc.

Read Fowler’s piece, and keep it in mind when the issue heats up later on.

3 Responses to “Food tax heartburn”

  1. on 05 Jan 2009 at 9:16 pm Harry

    Reduce the sales tax. it’s the most unfair tax there is. A state income tax is fairer. I know that gives heartburn to a lot of people but those who earn a little more should pay a little more.

  2. on 05 Jan 2009 at 9:48 pm Joel

    Harry: word, dude.

  3. on 06 Jan 2009 at 6:20 am girlfriend

    There is no quick fix to the state’s problems as there is no quick fix to federal problems. We will all pay dearly before they are fixed, if they are fixable. Brace yourselves it is going to be a rough ride.

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