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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 

President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.

2020Talks - October 23, 2020 

The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

TN Set to Clean the Plate on Food Tax Issue Today

June 4, 2007

The Tennessee Legislature is back at the table Monday ready to clean their plates on the food/tobacco tax issue. Just how much of a break Tennessee families will get on their grocery bills, and for how long, is expected to be decided. Donnie Douglas owns Douglas' Food Market in Jellico. He and many other grocers along the border are keeping their fingers crossed for at least a 0.5 percent reduction in the food tax which will help customers stretch their food budgets, and help his industry competitively.

"Well, it would help if there was no tax at all. We're right on the border of Kentucky, and there's no tax on food in Kentucky."

Every state that borders Tennessee has a lower sales tax in general. The sticking point for today's debate is whether the tobacco tax should go up 40 cents or 42 cents, and exactly how much of the hike should go towards making up the difference if the food tax is cut.

John Stewart with Tennesseans for Fair Taxation says although food tax holidays have been popular, they don't provide real relief for Tennessee families...

"Everybody who lives here pays more than their neighbors pay across the state line. And we need to fix that, not just for five or six days a year, but for the whole year."

The tobacco tax increase will pay for a permanent reduction in the food tax, along with more money for education.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - TN