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Amendment 3 stirring up debate in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

In 2002, Tennessee came just five votes short of getting an income tax. The issue has now come up again.

Sen. Brian Kelsey is sponsoring Amendment 3. If passed, it would forever prohibit an income tax in Tennessee.

Kelsey argues it will help bring new jobs.

"Not having an income tax has already brought jobs to Tennessee, and being able to tell employers that we will never have an income tax is only going to bring more jobs to the state," he said.

He also points out that states that do have one have their own kind of trouble.

"We've seen states that do have an income tax, like Illinois, when they live by the income tax, they die by the income tax, and they had to raise their income tax 67 percent just three years ago," Kelsey said.

Kelsey says yes on Amendment 3, but Dick Williams says no.

"We really shouldn't be enshrining tax policy in our constitution," said Williams, who is with the No On 3 campaign.

Williams said he thinks eliminating the possibility of an income tax will force lawmakers to raise other taxes in the future.

"It will essentially lock in our reliance on sales tax, use tax and consumer taxes," he said.

Williams also wonders why voters should make decisions now for others in the future.

It's one of this year's biggest issues, which is why both sides are working hard to gain support.

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