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November 12th, 2011
The Call to Action Heard Around the State: Untax Groceries!
Tennesseans for Fair Taxation hosted a Statewide Day of Action Sat. Nov. 12, to call on our elected officials to Untax Groceries and Tax the Wealth in Tennessee! Folks and coalition partners from Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and surrounding cities showed up to support tax fairness in Tennessee!
In Memphis members participated in a teach-in and many new friends were made. Nashville also held a teach-in and was supported by TFT coalition partners such as SEIU, Peace and Justice Center, Radio Free Nashville, TAP and others. Anti food tax postcards were signed and Megan Riggs was interview for the local news. In Knoxville, Elizabeth Wright was interviewed in front of a dancing M. T. Plate. A local band played for folks as they perused the tables occupied by TFT coalition partners like Jobs with Justice, Planned Parenthood, SOCM, Knox. County Democrats and more. Folks signed postcards as they munched on free popcorn and hot coco. TFT was very proud to have shared the message of fair taxation with more Tennesseans and hopes that this will continue to be an annual event.
Because of Tennessee's tax on food and the highest general sales tax in the nation with no state income tax, the poor pay more in taxes - the richest 1% of Tennesseans pay only 3.3% of their income in taxes while those earning $17,000 a year or less pay almost 12% of their income in taxes. Not only is it unfair, it's unsustainable to provide the quality of life and public services ALL Tennesseans need and benefit from. If our legislators eliminated the tax on food, reduced the general sales tax and implemented an income tax on the wealthiest Tennesseans, 2/3 of us would see a tax cut AND the state would have an additional $1 billion in revenue to fund vital public structures.