Tennessee governor candidates find common ground on online sales taxes [photos, video]

Flanked by fellow gubernatorial candidates Randy Boyd, left, Karl Dean, second from left, Craig Fitzhugh, fourth from left, and Beth Harwell, right, Bill Lee, center, answers a question during a forum hosted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press in the Tennessee Room at the University Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Monday, June 25, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Tennessee candidates for governor Monday night welcomed last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes, with Republicans and Democrats offering varied and sometimes conflicting ideas about how the expected windfall should be used.

The Republican candidates said the money, which may approach $450 million annually, could be used to either cut the state's general sales tax rate of 7 percent or to reduce corporate taxes on businesses to encourage growth, as well as for some state programs.

Democrats said the money could be used to boost education, including teacher pay, as well as health care and other areas of state responsibility.

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