Governor denounces 'taxpayer protection pledge'

Governor denounces 'taxpayer protection pledge'

August 2, 2005

KNOXVILLE (AP) -- Gov. Phil Bredesen Tuesday called a tax pledge to be distributed by income tax opponents to candidates for the state Legislature and governor's office "political posturing."

Tennessee Tax Revolt, a leading anti-tax advocacy group, has named a task force to promote the Tennessee Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which states in part that the signee will "vigorously oppose and vote against a state income tax."

Tennessee Tax Revolt spokesman Ben Cunningham said candidates who don't sign the pledge will have their names listed on the organization's Web site.

Bredesen says the state does not need an income tax.

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