Gravitt Opposes "Privilege Tax" Bill In The Tennessee House

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Marc Gravitt, Republican candidate for the Tennessee House District 30 seat, voiced his strong opposition against House Bill 2420 that was recently introduced in the Tennessee House of Representatives. The bill, as it stands today, will increase the list of occupations subject to a "privilege tax.” He said 19 occupations will now be targeted to pay the $400 tax to work and practice in the state. 
 
"This proposal is another unnecessary tax on the working class and business leaders in our state,” said Mr.
Gravitt. “I support legislation that grows our economy and creates jobs while cutting spending in Nashville. It’s time our elected leaders across the state tighten their belts, just like the small businesses and families throughout this state have already done. This bill must be stopped."

Sponsored by State Rep. John Tidwell, D-New Johnsonville, the bill would expand the list of occupations subject to the annual professional privilege tax to the following 19 professions: security guards, locksmiths, real estate appraisers, auctioneers, funeral directors and embalmers, barbers, contractors, subcontractors, limited license electricians, limited license plumbers, land surveyors, cosmetologists, home inspectors, home improvement contractors, private investigators, polygraph examiners, soil scientists, geologists and alarm qualifying agents.
 
"My commitment to the citizens of District 30 is to stay out of their pockets," said Mr. Gravitt. "I will work for them and not against them."

Mr. Gravitt is seeking the GOP nomination for the Tennessee House seat for District 30. The state primary election is Aug. 7, and early voting runs from July 18 to Aug. 2. The general election for this state office will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4. 

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