Ramsey Accuses House Democrats of ‘Craven Political Posturing’ on Revenue Plan

Press Release from the Office of Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, July 21, 2011:

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey made the following statement in response to a July 21 press conference held by state House Democrats:

“When Tennessee had an authentic surplus and the Democrats still held most of the levers of power in state government, Democrats had to be dragged kicking and screaming to approve just a one-half percent decrease in the food tax. While the new revenue numbers are encouraging, the last few years have taught us that we cannot afford to be cavalier with the contents of our treasury. I’d love to eliminate the food tax and I hope and pray that Tennessee will soon be in a position to do just that. But a revenue blip does not a surplus make. This is typical craven political posturing by a minority trying desperately to maintain the semblance of relevance. It won’t work. The adults are in charge now. Unified Republican government is working and the Democrats are being left behind.”