GOP lawmakers get head start on income tax ban

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Anti-income tax lawmakers are getting a head start on efforts to prevent changes on Tennessee's tax structure.

State Rep. Brian Kelsey, a Germantown Republican, is proposing a constitutional amendment to ban a state income tax. The measure would go before voters in 2014 if it passes during two successive General Assemblies.

Former Gov. Don Sundquist, a Republican who left office 2003, was the last governor to try to pass an income tax in Tennessee.

Incumbent Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat who is barred from running again in 2010, has rejected a state income tax.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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