WWE wrestler challenges Lt. Gov. Ramsey to debate

WWE wrestler challenges Lt. Gov. Ramsey to Internet sales tax debate

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"The bottom line is whether technically or legally if you want to say this is not a new tax, if it's not being enforced, then the economic impact is that it is a new tax," said Glenn Jacobs, also known as the wrestler "Kane." "The bottom line is whether technically or legally if you want to say this is not a new tax, if it's not being enforced, then the economic impact is that it is a new tax," said Glenn Jacobs, also known as the wrestler "Kane."
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has expressed his support for the tax that would be tacked on to out of state Internet purchases. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has expressed his support for the tax that would be tacked on to out of state Internet purchases.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A WWE wrestler from Jefferson City is challenging the Lieutenant Governor to a debate. Glenn Jacobs, also known as "Kane," is against a proposed internet sales tax.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has expressed his support for the tax that would be tacked on to out of state internet purchases.

Jacobs says he's like a lot of other citizens, he does not like taxes. So he challenged Lt. Gov. Ramsey to a debate about this one.

"What this will do is, for the first time, we'll be paying a sales tax on out of state internet purchases. That's if it passes the house," he explained. "Basically the sales tax in Tennessee is 9.44%. So if the Tennessee legislature okayed it, that means for $100 you spend buying something from out of state on the internet, you'll pay $10 more. That's the bottom line."

Proponents like Lt. Gov Ramsey say they can use that money to help consumers by cutting other taxes. Ramsey has also argued that this is not a new tax. Right now customers are supposed to file a sales tax for internet purchases. But few people do it, giving internet stores a price advantage.

"The bottom line is whether technically or legally if you want to say this is not a new tax, if it's not being enforced, then the economic impact is that it is a new tax," Jacobs said.

Some say enforcing the internet tax will encourage people to shop more at regular stores. But the wrestler does not believe levying the tax will make a big difference.

So now, "Kane," who famous for moves like the "chokeslam," has challenged Lt. Gov. Ramsey to a debate on the topic.

"No there will be no physicality in the debate. It'll be purely intellectual," he added.

Jacobs has not heard back from Ramsey.

There have been rumors that the wrestler may be running for political office in Tennessee. He says right now he has no plans to run, he's just being an active citizen.

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