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Old 06-06-2007, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Now that lawmakers have voted to more than triple the state's tax on each pack of cigarettes, members of both parties are trying to figure out ways to balance that hike with a reduction in the sales tax on groceries.

Senate Republicans have been championing a plan to temporarily eliminate the state's 6 percent sales tax on food during six to eight weeks at the end of the year. House Democrats, meanwhile, are pushing for a permanent reduction in the sales tax to 5.5 percent.

Democrats, Republicans offer plans to reduce state's food tax - Nashville, Tennessee - Wednesday, 06/06/07 - Tennessean.com
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Old 06-06-2007, 09:58 AM
 
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Default What! Cooperation! What the heck's goin' on?

It's refreshing to my spirit to see examples of Democrats and Republicans working together for solutions. I had heard this cooperation was common in Tennessee.

I'm new around here so I don't know who "Bredesen" is whose name in mentioned twice in the last paragraph. I've reread the article 3 times for a prior reference but either missed it or it isn't there.
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Bredesen is the governor of the state.

He's also a multi-millionaire.
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:42 AM
 
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Default I should have kept my mouth shut!

Governor of the State, huh. I am truly embarrassed; I should certainly have known that. Still, though, it wouldn't have been unreasonable for the reporter to have written Governor Bredesen for us uninformed types.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. ~ Mark Twain

I need to more frequently consider this epigram.
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Old 06-06-2007, 03:45 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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Happy Yappy! I'm truly astonished that you did not know the name of the GOVERNOR of the fair state of Tennessee.

But you saved yourself with the Twain quote and you are right, that was shoddy reporting. It must have been edited from AP by the Tennessean. And why is the Tennesseans pulling wire stories and not sending their reporters to cover the story?

But I digress...

I am dancing for joy at the possibility of them reducing this ridiculous tax, that when coupled with county tax, comes in at a WHOPPING 9.25 percent for groceries.
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:14 PM
 
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Default I used to have a governor on an old farm truck!

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Happy Yappy! I'm truly astonished that you did not know the name of the GOVERNOR of the fair state of Tennessee.
I better start reading the newspaper while I'm in those parking lots!

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I am dancing for joy at the possibility of them reducing this ridiculous tax, that when coupled with county tax, comes in at a WHOPPING 9.25 percent for groceries.
If I'm not mistaken, Washington State's sales taxes are lower than here, and food is exempt (I think). I should pay more attention to prices--something my wife has no qualms about reminding me of.

We didn't know anything about prices or taxes when we decided to moved here. We moved because we think it's a cool State--NON-climatologically-speaking, of course.
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Old 06-06-2007, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga
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making food items non-taxable will be welcomed by this family! In FL most food items are exempt.
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