published Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Haslam plans tax cut on groceries

All of us eat, so all of us directly are affected by the cost of our groceries -- and thus the state sales tax on them. So Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is proposing to increase a planned sales tax reduction on groceries -- from 5.5 percent to 5.25 percent, beginning July 1. And he wants to cut that sales tax to 5 percent in next year's budget.

So reducing the sales tax on food will affect us all. The governor's proposals should be pleasantly received by grocery-buying taxpayers. The cuts on sales taxes on food may seem small, but most people welcome any tax reduction.

Will you notice the change? Surely, there would be some opposition if the proposal were to raise the sales tax on food, even a little bit.

There are several other proposed changes in Tennessee's budgeting: restoring $1.4 million for mental health support centers, including $3.9 million more for Healthy Start and other health programs for children, restoring a quarter-million dollars for Child Advocacy Centers, providing $5 million for Tennessee Career Centers, restoring $375,000 in cuts to the Poison Control Center, giving $250,000 to Big Brothers and Big Sisters to support children of prison inmates, and providing $122,000 to pay for verifying that unemployment aid recipients are seeking jobs.

Each change obviously subtracts or adds to state budgeting.

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JustOneWoman said...

providing $5 million for Tennessee Career Centers

"Something does not smell right about this."

If I am reading this right, 5 million to study or address how to fund something with nothing. Either this is very poorly worded or we have just been had, again.

"$5 million for Tennessee career centers to address the past practice of funding annual operating expenses with non-recurring federal dollars"

April 4, 2012 at 2:56 p.m.
joneses said...


If obastard would have proposed this you would be all for it. But then again obastard would never propose lowering taxes.

April 5, 2012 at 7:03 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

joneses said... "justonewoman,

If obastard would have proposed this you would be all for it. But then again obastard would never propose lowering taxes."


With that crystal ball you have, I would think your little world would be perfect.

I don't know anyone named obastard. But it does make me think of you. I think you have me mistaken for someone that cares about your opinion. I would never want something just because of someone else. I am not that shallow. I will say I think you and a few others on this site are the best reason to start voter intelligence testing. If you did any research at all, which you obviously don't, you would know that the President has lowered taxes, on all except the rich. Somehow I don't think you are in the 1%. They tend to have better manners. So that means your taxes are lower. Do you know what tax bracket you are in? Do you know what the tax rate was for you under Bush? Didn't think so....... You are just another one of those spouting racists lies so you can once again brush your own ego.

I may be just one woman, but I don't Joneses for anything!

April 5, 2012 at 12:19 p.m.
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