State Senator Brian Kelsey sent out an email asking supporters what we think of the IMPROVE act scheduled to come up in the Legislature soon.
He outlines it:
The IMPROVE Act is one of the most important pieces of legislation before the Tennessee General Assembly this year. This bill would:
Cut the state sales tax on food from 5% to 4%;
Cut business taxes for manufacturers by $113 million;
Increase the gas tax by 6 cents over a period of three years;
Increase the diesel tax by 10 cents over a period of three years; and
Help fund road improvements.
Before this bill comes up for a vote in the Senate, I would love to hear your thoughts. If you are willing, please fill out my ONE QUESTION survey here. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfeYQihHbbA6ewwZHiQzfEv6VrXIwLTbFO2Z1YaIQpgJdZZRw/viewform?c=0&w=1)
It’s an honor to serve you in the state Senate!
Frankly, I am astonished at how quickly and smoothly Haslam’s gas tax initiative has taken root. Why didn’t Republicans in the House and Senate smack down this tax? Raising taxes is not a very conservative thing to do.
Of course I am for road improvements, but what about the surplus the state has of over a billion dollars? Couldn’t some of that money go there?
No problem with cutting $113 million in business taxes; that’s chicken feed and will probably reap more money. As for the food tax, 1% drop is hardly helpful.
We don’t need more taxes on gas. When the question is taxes, the answer is always no.