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Tennessee Gov. Haslam Campaigns for Gas Tax Hike

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) is campaigning across the state for the first gasoline tax increase in 25 years. The tax would raise money for proposed increases in state infrastructure spending. Jonathan Williams, vice president of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Center for State Fiscal Reform, says state governments should set spending priorities before seeking tax hikes. In March, Haslam proposed spending $120 million in surplus revenue on a new state museum. Setting Spending...

Senators Rubio, Graham Propose Online Poker Ban

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are introducing the Senate’s version of the Restoring America’s Wire Act (RAWA) bill, which would make online poker and gambling a federal crime. In February, RAWA was introduced in the House by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). RAWA would overrule the U.S. Department of Justice’s official interpretation of anti-wagering laws by rewording federal law and expanding the Wire Act of 1961’s scope to include online poker. Michelle Minton, a...

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