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?
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 PaperWhile 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.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.
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