Finney and Monroe-Ball sign anti-tax pledge

Sen. Raymond Finney signs a No Tax pledge at a gathering sponsored by the Tennessee Tax Revolt at Ryan's Steakhouse.

Photo by Lance Coleman

Sen. Raymond Finney signs a No Tax pledge at a gathering sponsored by the Tennessee Tax Revolt at Ryan's Steakhouse.

State Representative District 20 candidate Tona Monroe-Ball signs a pledge to not raise taxes or vote to impose a state income tax at a gathering sponsored by the Tennessee Tax Revolt.

Photo by Lance Coleman

State Representative District 20 candidate Tona Monroe-Ball signs a pledge to not raise taxes or vote to impose a state income tax at a gathering sponsored by the Tennessee Tax Revolt.

Sen. Raymond Finney and State Representative District 20 candidate Tona Monroe-Ball each signed a pledge recently to not raise taxes or vote to impose a state income tax.

Finney and Monroe-Ball were at Ryan’s Steakhouse June 12 to sign the measure sponsored by Tennessee Tax Revolt.

Finney said that in tough budget years such as this lawmakers often consider raising taxes. “There’s a temptation to raise taxes, especially in a shortfall. Next year will definitely be tight. You don’t raise taxes to make a short term change in the budget,” he said.

Tona Monroe-Ball said signing the measure is extremely important. “Times are very hard. There’s no accountability on spending, budgets are not screened to determine the legitimately constitutional functions of state government. I’m not going to approve budgets that are bloated with things that are not functions of state government,” she said.

Monroe-Ball said the state needs government accountability. “Government spending has been out of control. We need a strong fiscal conservative in state government. We need budget cuts not tax hikes,” she said.

Ben Cunningham, president of Tennessee Tax Revolt, said signing the pledge means the candidate is being held accountable. “It means they’re making a promise to constituents,” he said.

Most who sign with his group approach them for the opportunity to do so. Some candidates reject the opportunity. “They’re saying, ‘I’m reserving the right to vote for tax increases or to institute an income tax.’” Cunningham said.

Monroe-Ball said income tax proponents are preparing to pitch the idea to lawmakers again because of the budget shortfall. “They’re grooming people to accept it. I want to show there’s not a need for an income tax, just a need to trim the state budget,” she said.

Cunningham said the main reason he hears from lawmakers opposed to signing the pledge against raising taxes or starting an income tax is it ties their hands.

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Comments » 4

thegadsden writes:

Thank God. Maybe we can get a new breed of politicians in the House. Enough with the Naifeh bootlickers like Overbey.

CommonSense writes:

Maybe if all legislation was printed in as large of print as the No Tax pledge, then Finney could read what he was voting on and not "Miss the Vote" on liquor by the drink for Townsend or understand that "His Vote did not matter" when he Voted FOR BEP 2.0 and cost Blount County and City schools over $6 million in lost state dollars. I guess a new set of glasses could work as well, this would be the conservative approach.

KM writes:

But voting the right way on those issues wouldn't be Finney's style he's to busy being pushed around by special interest and his on political viability to do what is right. It's time to bring some one to the Senate who will make the right votes no matter what the final count is and that’s Doug Overbey.

KM writes:

Boy it sure makes a lot of sense to me to sit and nit-pick about a procedural vote that in the end didn't matter but yet when Finney votes for BEP 2.0 which caused a multi-million dollar shortfall in education funding for Blount schools you guys are no where to be heard from. Lets focus on votes that matter, not meaningless procedural votes that had no affect on the outcome of the house leadership.

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