Arlington, VA – Facing backlash for using veterans as pawns in a gas tax fight, the Tennessee state House has removed the veterans’ property tax relief amendment from Governor Bill Haslam’s $355 million gas tax increase proposal. The Tennessee state Senate has not followed suit and is refusing to consider veterans’ property tax relief in legislation separate from the gas tax – meaning that nothing will be addressed until next year.
Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) Executive Director Mark Lucas had the following to say:
“We applaud the Tennessee House for recognizing that veterans should not be used as a front to pass a massive gas tax increase. The Senate’s decision to play political games with hard-working Tennessee taxpayers will not pay off, and we encourage them to do the right thing.”
State Rep. Van Huss, member of the Veterans Caucus, added:
“I am proud of the House for taking a stand against using Tennessee veterans as political pawns. I urge the Senate to follow suit.”
If passed, the gas tax increase would have a devastating impact on hardworking Tennessee families and veterans who rely on affordable transportation. Next year, the gas tax would be increased by 4 cents. In each subsequent fiscal year, it would increase by 1 cent.
The Tennessee state government is currently sitting on a $2 billion surplus.