Thursday, January 8, 2009

Lawmaker Proposes 'Titans Tax'

Posted by on Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 1:01 PM

To help bail out the state government, Rep. G.E. Hardaway is calling for professional athletes and entertainers to pay a $400 annual tax. And you might think these lucky citizens living in a state with no income tax would be more than happy to make a little extra contribution for the good of all. Not exactly.

Former Titans' wide receiver Chris Sanders says the tax might not sit well with some players. "There is going to be some griping a little bit, guys get upset when they pay a lot of taxes because they get taxed in so many areas," Sanders explains.

Musicians don't like it, either. American Federation of Musicians Local 257 President Dave Pomeroy:

Mr. Hardaway's bill suggesting a 'privilege tax' for professional entertainers and athletes is laughable in its premise, but also insulting to our community in a time when intellectual property is under attack and professional musicians struggle to make a living in the digital age when music is perceived to be 'free'. Music isn't free - we work for a living. While we all share his concern about funding the juvenile court system, I respectfully suggest that Mr. Hardaway look elsewhere for a more equitable solution.

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