Bill Haslam is now dealing with what most folks have to go through every day. LINK
As a national discussion on taxes and the rich continues to heat up, a report from the Memphis Commercial Appeal has revealed Gov. Bill Haslam overstated his personalincome tax rate during last year’s campaign.
Instead of disclosing personal income from family-owned business Pilot-Flying J, the 11th largest private company in the nation, the investigation showed that Haslam only offered reporters a summary of $28.5 million in non-Pilot incomes earned between 2003 and 2008.
While the governor claimed at times his tax rate topped 48 percent, it turns out his effective federal tax rate was much lower.
Yet, there is also this for Gov. Haslam on the living wage from Jeff Woods. LINK
“I’m not a fan of the living wage,” our gazillionaire governor told reporters. But asked whether he’s for state legislation to handcuff cities and counties, Haslam said: “Governments should be able to decide for themselves if they want to do that.”
That state legislation is the brainchild of Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, who lastsession gave us the law invalidating Nashville’s anti-gay bias ordinance. His new idea would bar local governments from passing not only living-wage laws but also health-care coverage and family-leave allowances that go beyond the requirements of state law.
Haslam signed Casada’s anti-gay bill into law. So the governor’s comments today caused reporters to cock their heads in puzzlement. Why would Haslam oppose Casada’s new legislation if he was OK with the anti-gay bill? The principle is the same: State legislators shouldn’t impose their political will on the elected representatives of cities and counties.
Southern Beale is talking about things about mountain top removal. LINK
Remember Don Blankenship, the Simon LeGree of coal mining? The man Rolling
Stone called “the dark lord of coal country”? The guy who called the Upper Big Branchmine disaster that killed 29 mine workers “an act of God” and blamed mine safety regulations for the disaster?
Photo of Zeb Mountain
This has been going on for a couple of years. Go see Vibinc here on Mountain Top Removal from posts from session this year when the Tennessee Scenic Vistas Bill was in subcommittee. LINK
A living wage should be something we all should be having a conversation about. Compassion is a groovy thing. LINK
A living wage has been one of the rallying cries for the Occupy Wall Street movement, but some Tennessee state lawmakers are making a move to prohibit cities from forcing businesses to implement one.
The plan would prohibit cities from requiring businesses to implement any wage above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
It would also keep them from requiring any insurance mandates or family leave beyond state and federal law.
Opponents say it’s not only an issue of people not being able to live on their salary, it’s also part of a trend they believe is disturbing.
Biz Girl has a question at Knox Views. LINK
Why are there so few women running for political office in Tennessee?
Representative Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) announced that “Stop Rewarding States for Recruiting Additional Food Stamp Recipients” was the winner of last week’s YouCut program. The congressman is now in the process of drafting legislation that will prevent thefederal government
from issuing bonuses to states for signing up additional food stamp recipients.Currently, the Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the Food Stamp program) pays state governments bonuses – with taxpayer dollars – for recruiting additional people to sign up for food stamps.
- The Southern Political Report highlights congressional races in Tennessee focusing on Eric Stewart and Roy Herron. LINK
- Depending on where you read it, the living wage debate can be a bit confusing. LINK
- Sean Braisted schools Gov. Bill Haslam.
- Not a lot can explain this. LINK
- A letter to Newt Gingrich from a Tennessee blogger on the politics of fear. LINK
- Rep. Chuck Fleishmann has more competition in the GOP Primary. Joe Lance has the update. LINK