Tennessee lawmakers push for lower grocery tax

On January 25, 2012, in News 2012, by Mark Norris

By Andrew Douglas, WMCTV.com
January 25, 2012

MEMPHIS, TN – (WMC-TV) – According to new national survey statistics, Tennessee’s grocery tax is one of the highest in the nation.

Now, Democratic and Republican party leaders in the state House of Representatives agree that the sales tax on food needs to be reduced.

Governor Bill Haslam recently unveiled his legislative agenda for the year, including a bill to lower the state sales tax on grocery by two-tenths of a point, to 5.3 percent, next year.

House Republican Leader Gerald McCormick said the proposal will be beneficial to all residents in the state.

“I think it’s great,” said McCormick.  “It’s a way for all Tennesseans to participate in a tax cut.”

Democrats are backing the proposal and even launching an online petition to show public support.  The introduction says, “House Leader Craig Fitzhugh and Democrats are fighting for tax relief for working and middle class families by proposing a cut to Tennessee’s unbearable grocery tax.”

With revenues in the state higher than expected, Senator Mark Norris of Collierville said the proposal is a good way to start.

“Revenues are moving slightly better than I think folks thought they would be even two months ago, so we’re moving in the right direction,” said Norris.

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