Tennessee Campaign For Liberty
15May/130

TN Lt Gov Ron Ramsey Slammed By Wrestler On Internet Sales Tax

Lt. Governor Challenged To Debate Internet Sales Tax By Professional Wrestler

Ron Ramsey Pushes Internet Sales Tax; Grassroots Pushes Back

 

Knoxville, TN - Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey was challenged to a debate on the Internet Sales Tax by professional WWE wrestler and anti-tax activist Glenn Jacobs. In a blog post today Glenn Jacobs (stage name Kane) criticized the Lt. Governor for pushing the Internet sales tax and called for a debate on the topic at the Lt. Governor’s convenience. The blog post can be viewed here: http://www.tnliberty.org/?p=574

 

“Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey claims that the Internet sales tax mandate is not a new tax. Nor, according to Ramsey, is it an unfair tax. Ramsey is wrong on both counts.” Glenn writes. “ I, therefore, invite Lt. Gov. Ramsey for a policy debate on the issue of the Marketplace Fairness Act in a public forum at his convenience.”

 

In recent weeks Glenn Jacobs has been appearing in various media outlets advocating against the national Internet sales tax mandate with appearances on nationally syndicated terrestrial radio, satellite radio, and local radio stations in Tennessee. Jacobs has written multiple blog posts and op-ed pieces against the national Internet sales tax mandate.

 

Earlier this week the TN Campaign for Liberty challenged Lt. Gov Ramsey to show he had paid the obscure TN Use Tax for his online purchases after he called the vast majority of Tennesseans “criminals” for not paying it. That release can be viewed here:  http://tnreport.com/2013/05/13/ramsey-questioned-on-use-tax-payments-by-tn-liberty-group/

 

The national Internet sales tax mandate will likely come up for a vote in the US House of Representatives later this year. The bill is known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act” and is being opposed by the Campaign for Liberty, eBay, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the National Taxpayers Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, Freedomworks, the Heartland Institute, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, and many other conservative figures.

 

Glenn Jacobs lives with his family in Jefferson City, Tennessee and is a co-founder of the Tennessee Liberty Alliance www.TNLiberty.org. Mr. Jacobs is a critic of big government and a professional wrestler with the WWE.

13May/130

Is Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey a Criminal For Not Paying His Taxes?

Is Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey A Criminal For Not Paying His Taxes?
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Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey calls every Tennessean a criminal for not paying the obscure use tax on Internet purchases; TNCFL asks Ramsey to prove he has paid up the use tax that he owes

Nashville, TN - The Tennessee Campaign for Liberty challenges Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey to show he has fully paid the Tennessee Use Tax he owes to the Tennessee government. In a comment given to the Commercial Appeal published on May 9th, 2013 Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey stated “I am very much for the Marketplace Fairness Act...It’s not a new tax. It’s a tax you’re supposed to be paying now and you are breaking the law if you don’t.”  referring to the Tennessee use tax as if it were the same thing as the statewide sales tax.

The vast majority of Tennesseans do not pay the TN Use Tax, most don’t know that it exists or even how to pay it” said Matt Collins, a Coordinator with the TN Campaign for Liberty. “We’re willing to bet that like most Tennesseans, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey hasn’t paid all of the use tax that he owes to the Tennessee government for purchases that his household made online. Can he prove otherwise? If not, then it’s the height of hypocrisy to label people as criminals for not paying the very same tax that he himself avoids. He should show the People of Tennessee his Use Tax receipts.”  

Lt. Governor Ramsey’s comments were in regards to attempting to sway the Tennessee Congressional delegation to support his push for the national Internet sales tax mandate. It will likely come up for a vote in the US House of Representatives later this year. The bill is known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act” and is being opposed by the Campaign for Liberty, eBay, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the National Taxpayers Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, Freedomworks, the Heartland Institute, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, and many other conservative figures.

According to the Tennessee Use Tax website: “If you buy or ship merchandise to your Tennessee address and sales tax is not added to the price, then you are responsible for paying the use tax directly to the TN Department of Revenue....The use tax rate is a combination of the state tax rate of 7% ... plus the rate levied by your local government, generally 2.25%. The tax is applied to the purchase price of the merchandise plus any shipping and handling charges that the merchant adds to your bill.”

11May/130

TN Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey Pushes Internet Sales Tax

Senator Bob Corker explaining something to Lt Gov Ron Ramsey

 

From the article (May 9th):

 NASHVILLE — Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey on Thursday joined Gov. Bill Haslam in supporting the federal legislation requiring large out-of-state Internet retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases, and said that U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is “100 percent wrong” by calling it a new and unfair tax.

“She’s wrong on this. It’s not a new tax. And how can you say it’s unfair? It’s not a new tax and it is fair,” Ramsey told reporters.

His remarks further illustrate how divided Tennessee Republicans are on the Marketplace Fairness Ac, which passed the U.S. Senate with bipartisan votes Monday but faces an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled House. Tennessee’s two Republican senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, voted for the bill, and Alexander is one of its leading proponents.

Blackburn, R-Brentwood, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Tuesday, “There’s nothing fair about the Marketplace Fairness Act” and, “We don’t need the federal government mandating additional taxes on Tennessee families and businesses.”

The federal bill would allow states to require Internet retailers with over $1 million a year in sales to collect and remit to the state taxes on purchases shipped into the state even if they don’t have a physical presence, like a retail store or warehouse, in the state. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that under current federal law, states can only compel out-of-state mail-order, telephone and Internet retailers to collect taxes from consumers if they have a physical presence in the state. As a result, chains like Walmart and Target collect sales taxes on purchases through their websites, while big online retailers without stores in Tennessee may do so voluntarily but are not required to.

“I am very much for” the Marketplace Fairness Act,” Ramsey said. “It’s not a new tax."

Blackburn was unbowed by her former state Senate colleague’s remarks: “Saying the Marketplace Fairness Act is fair is like saying the Affordable Care Act makes health care affordable. I continue to visit with local main street retailers and welcome their input,” she said through her spokesman, Mike Reynard.

Haslam, who spoke in Washington last year in support of the bill, said on Tuesday that he will encourage Tennessee’s House delegation to vote for the bill. Ramsey said he will, too. He has already spoken to his own congressman, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Johnson City.

Source:
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2013/may/09/lt-gov-ramsey-says-tenn-rep-blackburn-100-wrong/

6Mar/130

Anti Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey Radio Ad

It appears that several like-minded folk have begun to run radio ads in TN slamming Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey:

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14Jan/130

Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey Admits Bullying Fellow Senators

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Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, explains his decision to remove Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, from her post as Senate Judiciary Committee chairwoman. “I was disappointed a time or two in some of her decisions on the committee, and trying to figure out where we’re going with several issues,” said Ramsey. “Everybody needs to be a team player, and sometime I wondered about that — that’s as far as I’ll go with that.


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SOURCE:
http://tnreport.com/videos/ramsey-on-why-he-didnt-re-appoint-beavers-to-chair-judiciary-committee/

9Sep/120

Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea

From a limited-government standpoint, school vouchers are a bad idea because they expand government control into places where it doesn't previously exist.

Here is some research and commentary:

 

Are Vouchers the Solution for Our Failing Public Schools? - by Rep. Ron Paul, MD
http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul132.html

Do Vouchers and Tax Credits Increase Private School Regulation?
http://www.cato.org/publications/working-paper/do-vouchers-tax-credits-increase-private-school-regulation

Tax Credits Better for Schools Than Vouchers
http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/tax-credits-better-schools-vouchers

School Vouchers vs. Tax Credits
http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/school-vouchers-vs-tax-credits/

Tax Credits, Not Vouchers, Are Keeping School Choice a Viable Option
http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/tax-credits-not-vouchers-are-keeping-school-choice-viable-option

Why Federal School Vouchers Are a Bad Idea
http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-federal-school-vouchers-are-bad-idea

Vouchers ARE Government Money, and That’s the Problem
http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/vouchers-are-government-money-and-that%E2%80%99s-the-problem/

Toward Market Education: Are Vouchers or Tax Credits the Better Path?
http://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/toward-market-education-are-vouchers-or-tax-credits-better-path

Vouchers and Educational Freedom: A Debate
https://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-269es.html

Trouble with Vouchers
http://mises.org/daily/507/

Vouchers: Another Central Plan
http://mises.org/daily/1399

Vouchers: Another Income Redistribution Scheme
http://mises.org/daily/1726

Voucher Socialism
http://mises.org/daily/260

Vouchers: Enemy of Religion
http://mises.org/daily/106

Vouchers Are Not Libertarian
http://www.lewrockwell.com/huebert/huebert33.1.html

EDUCATION: RETHINKING "CHOICE"
http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/ir/Ch10.html

Just Say No to School Vouchers . . . Again
http://lewrockwell.com/north/north999.html

The School Voucher Myth
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig3/huebert3.html

Vouchers: Another Name for Welfare
http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/voucher2.html

Tax Credits, Not Vouchers
http://www.lewrockwell.com/dieteman/dieteman86.html

Vouchers and Government Control
http://www.lewrockwell.com/yates/yates58.html

The Great Voucher Fraud
http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance38.html

12Feb/122

Best and Worst Bills in the 2012 TN Senate!

We have scanned all of the bills introduced in the Tennessee Senate and wanted to list both the best and worst bills that the politicians have introduced. Some will make you excited, some will make you angry.

We encourage you to create an account on the website of the TN Legislature so that you can be alerted to videos of and actions on these bills; you can do so here.

FIRST, THE BEST BILLS:

  • SB 2859
    Taxes, Income - As introduced, abolishes the Hall income tax. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 2.
  • HB 2619
    Criminal Procedure - As introduced, provides that a federal employee who is not designated as a Tennessee peace officer may not make an arrest or conduct a search and seizure in this state without the written permission of the sheriff of the county in which the arrest, search and seizure will take place except under certain circumstances. - Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 7 and Title 38, Chapter 3, Part 1.
  • SB 3695
    Constitutional Conventions - As introduced, enacts the "Uniform Limited Convention Act." - Amends TCA Title 3.
  • SB 3407
    State Government - As introduced, prohibits Tennessee and all political subdivisions from adopting or implementing the United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the Statement of principles for Sustainable Development, known as “Agenda 21.” -
  • SB 2392
    Criminal Offenses - As introduced, requires that a law enforcement officer obtain a subpoena prior to placing an electronic tracking device on a vehicle for criminal investigation purposes. - Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 40.
  • SB 3361
    Taxes, Exemption and Credits - As introduced, exempts the sale of gold, silver and platinum coins and bullion that are used as mediums of exchange from sales tax. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 6, Part 1 and Title 67, Chapter 6, Part 3.
  • SB 3750
    Traffic Safety - As introduced, prohibits a state or local governing body from installing or maintaining surveillance cameras to enforce speed limits after July 1, 2012. - Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 8.
  • SB3278
    Nuisances - As introduced, prohibits state and local government employees from installing or using high frequency sound emitting devices for crowd control. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 8, Chapter 50; Title 39 and Title 47, Chapter 18.
  • SB 3750
    Traffic Safety - As introduced, prohibits a state or local governing body from installing or maintaining surveillance cameras to enforce speed limits after July 1, 2012. - Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 8.
  • SB 2150
    Taxes, Real Property - As introduced, requires increases in property tax rates higher than 1 percent by a county or municipality to be approved through a referendum; authorizes the referendum process. - Amends TCA Title 2; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7 and Title 67.
  • SB 3046
    Criminal Offenses - As introduced, creates Class C misdemeanor of a law enforcement officer unlawfully installing a tracking device on a person or object and establishes a procedure whereby the district attorney can apply to a court for permission to install a tracking device for a specified period for specified offenses. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13, Part 6 and Title 40, Chapter 6.
  • SB 3047
    Search & Seizure - As introduced, prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft or similar structures for the purpose of conducting investigations or surveillance where the investigating agency does not have a search warrant for the property under surveillance. - Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 40.
  • SB 2831
    Budget Procedures - As introduced, enacts the "Taxpayer Transparency Act"; requires the commissioner of finance and administration to create and maintain a searchable budget database web site detailing certain state budgetary information. - Amends TCA Title 9, Chapter 4, Part 51.
  • SB 3340
    Taxes, Exemption and Credits - As introduced, exempts sole proprietorships from the Hall income tax. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 2, Part 1.
  • SB 2777
    Taxes, Inheritance Gift - As introduced, eliminates the gift tax in 2013 and thereafter. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 8, Part 6; Title 67, Chapter 8, Part 1 and Title 67, Chapter 8, Part 4.
  • SB 2872
    Motor Vehicles - As introduced, prohibits the disclosure of traffic citations from red-light cameras to consumer reporting agencies; prohibits such information from being identified in credit reports. - Amends TCA Section 55-8-198.
  • SB 2495
    Taxes, Inheritance Gift - As introduced, eliminates gift tax on transfers made on or after January 1, 2013. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 8.
  • SB 3408
    Real Property - As introduced, defines "private property rights" to clarify meaning of unwarranted government interference with such rights. - Amends TCA Title 12, Chapter 1, Part 2.
  • SB 2832
    Local Government, General - As introduced, enacts the "Local Government Transparency Act". - Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7 and Title 49.
  • SB 3687
    Political Parties - As introduced, allows recognized minor party to remain recognized for four years; lowers signature requirement to become recognized minor party. - Amends TCA Title 2.

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THE WORST BILLS:

  • SB 2991 by Faulk
    Criminal Procedure - As introduced, requires that a person give identification when requested by law enforcement that are enforcing criminal laws. - Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 39 and Title 40.
  • SB 2207 by Norris ( HB 2345 by McCormick)
    Public Records - As introduced, classifies as confidential the due diligence materials submitted by a company to the department of economic and community development; confidentiality applies until such time as the provider of the material no longer requires its confidentiality. - Amends TCA Section 4-3-730.
  • 2667 by Kelsey ( HB 2626 by DeBerry J)
    DNA and Genetic Testing - As introduced, adds five homicide offenses to the list of violent offenses for which a DNA sample is taken and stored in the database upon arrest rather than conviction. - Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 35, Part 3.
  • SB 2531 by Yager ( HB 3295 by Powers)
    Controlled Substances - As introduced, requires health care practitioners who are authorized to prescribe controlled substances to query the controlled substance database concerning the prescription history of certain persons and to make appropriate reports. - Amends TCA Title 53 and Title 63.
  • SB 2598 by Ketron ( HB 3053 by McDaniel)
    Radio and Television - As introduced, designates as confidential and not subject to open records laws any records obtained by or disclosed to a municipality or county by a cable or video service provider for the purpose of an audit or review. - Amends TCA Title 7, Chapter 59, Part 3 and Section 10-7-504.
  • SB 3338 by Ketron ( HB 2845 by Carr)
    Fees - As introduced, establishes a fee imposed on customers for transmitting money through certain entities; requires the department of revenue to administer the collection of said fee; establishes a fund for the moneys collected that can be utilized by the Tennessee bureau of investigation for certain activities. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 9; Title 40, Chapter 33, Part 2; Title 45, Chapter 7, Part 2 and Title 67, Chapter 4.
  • SB 2423 by McNally ( HB 3228 by Watson)
    Fees - As introduced, establishes a fee imposed on customers for transmitting money through certain entities; requires the department of revenue to administer the collection of said fee; establishes a fund for the moneys collected that can be utilized by the Tennessee bureau of investigation for certain activities. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 9; Title 40, Chapter 33, Part 2; Title 45, Chapter 7, Part 2 and Title 67, Chapter 4.
  • SB 3480 by Tate ( HB 2271 by Hardaway)
    Public Records - As introduced, authorizes a local government's legislative body to designate certain records as proprietary information, and thereby not subject to public records law. - Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7 and Title 10, Chapter 7.
  • SB 2803 by Tracy ( HB 2207 by Maggart)
    Motor Vehicles - As introduced, clarifies that trailers used in the furtherance of a business are required to be registered. - Amends TCA Title 55.
  • SB 2497 by Bell ( HB 2761 by Forgety)
    Criminal Offenses - As introduced, removes the requirement that a defendant must use force against a law enforcement officer in order to commit the offense of resisting a stop, frisk, halt or search. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 16, Part 6.
  • SB 2909 by Henry ( HB 2277 by Harmon)
    Taxes, Gasoline, Petroleum Products - As introduced, increases tax on gasoline and diesel products one cent a year for the next five years; allocates funds from increase in tax to counties and cities. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 3, Part 2 and Title 67, Chapter 3, Part 9.
  • SB 2253 by Norris ( HB 2391 by McCormick)
    Drugs, Prescription - As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Prescription Safety Act of 2012." - Amends TCA Title 53, Chapter 10, Part 3; Title 53, Chapter 11, Part 3; Title 53, Chapter 11, Part 4 and Title 63, Chapter 1, Part 3.
  • SB 2934 by Norris ( HB 3004 by Williams R)
    Criminal Offenses - As introduced, criminalizes photographing a person without consent and with the knowledge that the person is in a private place or has a reasonable expectation of privacy; enhances the fine associated with false imprisonment, assault, criminal trespass and trespass by motor vehicle when those crimes are committed with the purpose of obtaining a photograph in violation of the new crime. - Amends TCA Title 20; Title 29; Title 39 and Title 40.
  • SB 3504 by Tate ( HB 3667 by Turner J)
    Taxes - As introduced, enacts the "Millionaires' Tax Act." - Amends TCA Title 3; Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 8; Title 9; Title 12; Title 16; Title 30; Title 36; Title 39; Title 40; Title 45; Title 47; Title 48; Title 55; Title 56; Title 57; Title 61; Title 62; Title 67; Title 68; Title 69; Title 70 and Title 71.
  • SB 2407 by McNally ( HB 2569 by Dunn)
    Controlled Substances - As introduced, expands responsibility to report under "doctor shopping" laws; permits hospitals access to database for certain purposes and immunizes them from liability; requires photo identification for persons picking up prescriptions; allows federal law enforcement to access database without warrant; requires real-time access for law enforcement and pharmacists; requires pain clinics to be owned by Tennessee doctors or hospitals; penalizes interference with pharmacists' decisions to fill prescriptions; requires methadone clinics to query database. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 4; Title 53, Chapter 10, Part 3; Title 53, Chapter 11, Part 3; Section 53-11-402; Title 63, Chapter 1, Part 3; Title 63, Chapter 10, Part 2 and Title 71, Chapter 5, Part 26.
  • SB 3468 by Tate
    Alcohol Offenses, Motor Vehicles - As introduced, requires the bodily fluid of a driver of a motor vehicle to be tested for alcohol or drugs if law enforcement has probable cause to believe that the driver caused an accident resulting in death or serious bodily injury or if there is reasonable suspicion that the driver was under the influence and was impaired to the slightest degree. - Amends TCA Section 55-10-406.
  • SB 2914 by Overbey ( HB 2752 by Shipley)
    DUI Offenses - As introduced, clarifies that a person may be compelled to submit to an alcohol test under the implied consent law by other provisions of law, court order or search warrant. - Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 10, Part 4.