State of Tennessee Archives: on Tax Reform

Gordon Ball: Simplify and streamline the tax code with flat tax

They differ on two issues that Adams has tried to underscore--Ball's support for the construction of the Keystone pipeline and his proposal for a flat tax that Ball says would simplify and streamline the tax code and that Adams says would raise taxes for working people and the middle class and lower them for "millionaires like himself."
Source: Memphis Flyer on 2014 Tennessee Senate race Aug 6, 2014

Bill Haslam: TN thinks differently: don't spend money; give back taxes

So what makes Tennessee different? Why are we coming out of one of the worst recessions this country has ever seen in a place of strength? I believe it's because we think differently. We have a long history of fiscal restraint that crosses party lines. We have been deliberate about not spending money that we don't have and in making a concerted effort to save for the future. A good example was last year when there was temptation for some to quickly commit and spend funds that were coming in above estimates, but in the tradition of our state's discretion, we held the line. And now we are well-positioned to continue to invest in a thoughtful, strategic manner. Unlike Congress, this body is willing to make hard decisions. You've voted to cut the budget; you've voted to make key investments; and you've voted to set reserves aside for the future. You've also given Tennesseans their money back by cutting taxes.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Tennessee legislature Jan 28, 2013

Bob Tuke: Repeal Bush tax cuts that favor wealthy Americans

Under the misguided policies of the Bush Administration & with the blind support of Lamar Alexander, Tennessee families are being hit right in the pocketbook with no relief in sight.

I will vote to repeal parts of the Bush tax cuts that favor wealthy Americans, and sponsor legislation that will give tax relief to middle-class Americans. I support pay-as-you-go budgeting. Anytime Congress wants to spend more money or pass a new tax cut, it must designate where the money is coming from.

Source: 2008 Senate campaign website,, “Issues” Jun 3, 2008

Howard Phillips: Eliminate income tax, corporate tax, & estate tax

It’s time to insist on a Constitutional budget, coupled with the elimination of the income tax, the corporate tax, the estate tax, and all taxes which unfairly and improperly enable Federal bureaucrats to invade our privacy, regulate our conduct, or steal from us the savings and earnings to which we and our families are entitled, and on which civil government has no legitimate claim.
Source: Remarks at National Affairs Briefing, Memphis, Tennessee Jan 19, 1996

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