Left hanging Wednesday night in the Tennessee House of Representatives was a measure to phase out the state's Hall Income Tax on inrerest and dividends. The Senate version of the bill would cut the tax from 6 percent to 5 percent in the coming year and continue reductions at 1 percent a year until the tax's elimination in 2021.Conservative militants in the House like Rep. Billy Spivey (R-Lewisburg) demanded a quicker trigger, however, one tied to increases in state revenue growth. Here Spivey (center) is being reamed out for the obstruction by a furious Rep. Charles Sargent (right), the Franklin Republican who chairs the House Finance, Ways and Means committee, while Rep. Ron Lollar (R-Bartlett), another foe of the proposed change, observes.At stake, for Lollar and others, was the pending loss of shared revenues for cities and counties provided by Hall Tax revenue.The imbroglio was left to be resolved, along with other pending matters, in a meeting of the Finance Committee Thursday morning.
Sweet reason prevailed in at least one other matter, however, as is indicated by this handshake of reconciliation between Rep. Glen Casada (R-Franklin), the GOP caucus chair, left, and Rep. Karen Camper (D-Memphis), after Casada decided to withdraw a crippling amendment, one with a stout fiscal note , from a bill by Camper. Her bill would create a task force to study the creation of a department of juvenile justice. Casada's change of mind , which allowed easy passage of the final measure, occurred some two hours after he had added the amendment in a debate that had obvious partisan overtones.