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TN voters to decide on income tax amendment

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By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - Tennesseans will soon vote on a constitutional amendment to bar lawmakers from ever imposing a state income tax.

But regardless of what voters decide on Nov. 4, it's unlikely that Tennessee lawmakers would seriously consider an income tax because it's become such a toxic political issue.

The last serious attempt to impose one failed in 2002 amid raucous Capitol protests that included a brick being thrown through the window of the governor's office and demonstrators banging on the doors of the Senate chamber while lawmakers sought to conduct their business within.

The Legislature instead passed a 1 percentage point increase to the state's sales tax rate to generate $933 million in new revenue, which was the last time the state passed a general tax increase.

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