According to the Legislative Report in the April 18, 2012 issue of the Tomhawk, “House Bill 3761, the food tax cut, lowers the sales tax on food from the current 5.5% to 5.25%, the steepest reduction in many years.” Do the people of Tennessee realize that translates to a savings of $.25 –yes, a quarter when you purchase $100 of food? Rep. David Alexander (R-Winchester), who sponsored the bill said, “it was a move to help every Tennessean. It’s something we can all be proud of.”
If our legislators want to help Tennesseans and be proud of it, consider the food tax rate in North Carolina (2%) and Virginia (2.5%). For the same $100 of food purchased in North Carolina, one would pay $2.00 in tax and $2.50 in Virginia instead of the $5.25 here in Tennessee. In northeast Tennessee we are aware of these differences.
So give us a break in food taxes that can really help us…something to really be proud of!

Barbara Henson