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Do you think the income tax is a good idea for Tennessee Can YOUR family afford it First of all the people have already spoken The citizens of Tennessee have been very vocal about their opposition to an income tax for many years Last year late on a Friday afternoon an income tax bill was presented to the General Assembly with a vote scheduled for the following Saturday morning Thanks to Nashville talk radio word of this maneuver spread to the people By noon on Saturday hundreds of Tennesseans honked their car horns while driving around the State Capitol including several members of the Tennessee Taxpayers Coalition The vote was postponed The horn honking continued on an almost daily basis for more than two weeks In poll after poll the people of Tennessee have stated they do not want an income tax Second an income tax will hurt everyone Right now the pro-tax forces are claiming that an income tax will only affect the rich In the last 10 states where an income tax has been started the tax rate has gone up and the threshold for being taxed has gone down People who own small businesses will not be able to hire as many people since they will have to pay more tax and do more paperwork For years the State of Tennessee has used our no income tax status as an incentive to promote economic development in our state Will businesses leave because of a new income tax Third its the SPENDING stupid The state budget has increased at more than twice the rate of inflation and personal income over the last 10 years The proposed budget this year has an 11 increase in spending Why should they get an 11 raise Did you When they see that money is getting tight most households look to see where they can trim their costs Instead our government is planning
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