By Michael Davis
Legislation that would reduce the state food tax by half has the support to pass, but opponents are trying to keep the bill in committee, Brian Miller, executive director for Tennesseans for Fair Taxation, said today.
Mr. Miller said the food tax cut, which would be funded by raising the cigarette tax by 43 cents, would ease the burden on Tennessee families.
But House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh, D-Covington, has said he is unsure that increasing the cigarette tax will cover lost revenue from reducing the food tax.
The group also planned to hold other news conferences in Nashville, Memphis and Kingsport, with a media event also slated for Knoxville.
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