Beacon Declares Victory at Ballot Box

November 5, 2014 10:13AM

Statement from Justin Owen on Amendments 2 and 3: The Beacon Center applauds Tennessee voters for approving both amendments we endorsed, and because of that, the future of Tennessee looks brighter than ever. Amendment 2 led to an important and spirited discussion, with valid points made by both sides as we worked to resolve the constitutional quagmire over how to select state judges. The vote on Amendment 2 shows that Tennesseans support our Founding Fathers’ view of the judiciary: able to independently uphold the rule of law, while still accountable to the people via their elected representatives. The vote on Amendment 3 puts the final nail in the coffin of a state income tax, ensuring that Tennesseans, their children, and their grandchildren can keep more of their hard-earned money. We would like to give a special thanks to Senator Brian Kelsey for leading the charge to ensure that Tennessee forever remains income tax-free.