A plan to use money from Tennessee’s rainy-day fund to eliminate the state’s food tax for six months is limping ahead, its prospects for passage unlikely.
Earlier this month, the House version of the Democratic legislation was placed “behind the budget,” a designation for legislation typically doomed to fail because it is not included in the General Assembly’s annual spending plan. The multimillion-dollar plan could still be included in a later supplemental budget.
In the Senate, a finance subcommittee on Tuesday moved the legislation along with a nonbinding though ominous negative recommendation.
Under the plan, Tennessee’s 4 percent tax on