I have been interested to see what legislation Andrew Farmer would sponsor as a new member of the TN House of Representatives – especially with the new 15-bill limit. Mainly because I believe he will be used, or should I say encouraged, to carry legislation originating by someone else’s doing, say those GOP supporters who were (and still are?) willing to overlook Farmer’s interest in a liquor store contrary to state law for elected office holders.
Here’s the first bill, HB0023. Andrew is a prime co-sponsor with Dale Carr in the House and Doug Overbey has introduced it in the Senate. What does this bill do? Why, it grows government and increases taxes of course! What else would you expect from Conservative Republicans™ who campaigned as if they were running against Barry Sotero and his over-reaching, too big, $16 trillion debt, tax and spend government? We heard about cutting spending, less government interference, family values, etc. and right out of the blocks, a “privilege” tax increase on food and entertainment/amusement.
And guess where the new taxes would apply? I seriously doubt those residents were asking to pay more to go out to eat. I wonder who requested Overbey, Carr and Farmer to raise taxes? Maybe one of Ryan Haynes’ constituents again?
But that’s not all, there’s some interesting language here if you happen to no-longer-own-a-liquor-store-and-sold-it-to-your-wife-so-you-have-no-connection-to-it-whatsoever-now:
“In addition such tax shall not apply to the sale of alcoholic beverages in any form, manner, time or place.”
Seems strange the constituents would ask their representatives to raise taxes on all amusement, food and drink – except alcohol – especially since the community is against it and has voted it down in three referendums now. I am also guessing that there would be a claim of no conflict of interest in proposing and voting for a tax increase for everyone but myself…..uh I mean my wife…..whom I have no indirect interest in…..or something.
Conservative Republicans™ like to quote their idol Reagan when it comes to the 11th commandment, but they neglect the weightier matters: his teachings on taxes. If you want less of something, tax it. Keep at it and you will have that tourist trap you always wanted. I will be exercising my “privilege” to spend my money elsewhere on food instead of taxes.