Lawmakers discuss bills to reduce Tennessee sales tax

Lawmakers discuss bills to reduce Tennessee sales tax

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By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Republican sponsor of a proposal to reduce the sales tax on groceries in Tennessee says he's open to working with Democrats who have a similar measure if it will help the legislation's passage.

The bill by Rep. Glenn Casada of Franklin was placed behind the budget in the House Finance Subcommittee on Wednesday.

It will be revisited if any money is left after the state's budget is set.

Casada's proposal would reduce the sales tax from 5.5% to 5%, where the Democrats have a plan that would drop it a half-cent more.

Gov. Bill Haslam's budget contains a proposal to reduce the sales tax to 5.3%.

Casada says he applauds the governor's effort, but would like to see the tax reduced more. He estimates his proposal would cost $42 million.

The bills are: HB2239 and HB0307.

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