Monday, January 31, 2011

Sen. Burks Calls For Eliminating Hall Income Tax

As the Tennessee General Assembly gets to work this month, State Senator Charlotte Burks of Monterey already has half a dozen bills filed that may see action this term. One would eliminate the Hall income tax in Tennessee by 2015. That's a tax paid by people with investment or other income, rather than just earned wages. Another bill would prevent retired emergency workers -- like firefighters and paramedics -- from getting any additional retirement credit if they agree to work on a temporary basis after their official retirement date. And a third bill would require state flags to be flown at half-staff during any day of mourning declared by the governor for Tennessee national guard members killed in action. That bill has been referred to the Senate's State and Local Government committee.