Friday, April 27, 2007

Discretionary funds--State version

Because it works so well for Nashville (/sarcasm) a state legislator from Nashville is suggesting that discretionary money be provided to state legislators.

The scene: the state is rolling in revenue. They set a budget. More tax money has come in than they ever expected.

The question: What shall we do with it all?

The answers:

Option 1: Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R) wants to return it to the people in the form of a month long food tax holiday in December.

Ramsey (R-Blountville) said the Republicans in the state Senate are leaning toward spending part of what could be at least $500 million in non-recurring tax dollars on a month-long food sales tax holiday in December. City Paper
While I'd prefer a clean tax cut I can certainly get behind this suggestion. The winter holidays is when some of the best food bargains are available. Knowing now that it's coming I could set aside a tidy sum by then to spend then and take advantage of what Ms. Cheap calls a 'double whammy' and fill the pantry.

Option 2: Comes from Rep. Gary Odom (D).
House Majority Leader Gary Odom (D-Nashville), however, said he would like to give “community enhancement projects” to each House and Senate district to the tune of possibly $20 million.

Each House member would get $100,000 and a Senator would get $300,000 under a proposal being floated.

Odom said those dollars would go toward things like equipment for volunteer firefighters, community centers, PTA grants and ball fields. City Paper
How about you return my tax money to me and I'll donate to the local projects *I* find worthwhile? This would ensure that the power remains invested in the people instead of legislators.

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