Page Walley in Print: the Era of the State Income Tax

Page Walley is running in the Republican Primary for TN State Senate in district 26. This is the seat currently held by Dolores Gresham who has decided to retire.

Walley was a Republican State Representative back in the 1990s. The readtheleader.com in an op.ed stated that he “ was a strong advocate in his opposition of a state income tax. ” The article also stated that “Walley is pro-life, a member of both the NRA and Tennessee Firearms Association, Tennessee Farm Bureau, is a licensed minister and author, and received numerous awards for his leadership in the Tennessee State House.”

The article also states that there are a number of individuals that have joined together to support his campaign. One of those listed was Steve McDaniel – Parkers Crossroads – Former Deputy Speaker, TN State House, City Manager.

That bold statement sent several people digging through past newspapers. Here’s what was discovered:

In June of 2000, Republican Governor Don Sundquist vetoed the budget passed by the state legislature because it did not contain a state income tax.

Page Walley was a State Representative in 2000 when Gov Sundquist vetoed the budget.

The state legislature then voted to override that veto. The House vote was 78-19. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.baltimoresun.com/news/bs-xpm-2000-06-29-0006290325-story,amp.html

Page Walley was one of the 19 State Representatives who refused to override the veto, along with Republican State Representative Steve McDaniel.

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On June 28, 2000, “The Jackson Sun” newspaper reported that “Walley, who originally supported the budget, but opposed the revenue plan, voted to sustain Sundquist’s veto.” Walley is quoted, “I had an understandable level of unease with the budget when we passed it, but the more I thought about it, I realized it was not the best we can do.”

On Nov. 6, 1999, that same newspaper had quoted Walley praising Governor Sundquist’s tax “reform”:  “I’m proud of the Governor for doing something that is so unpopular.”

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In 1998, Vote Smart sent Rep. Walley a voter’s survey asking his position on several key generic points on issues facing the Tennessee legislature. When asked about his position about the implementation of a state income tax in Tennessee, he stood opposed. So what happened between 1998 and 1999 to change his mind.

Walley’s State House district changed after 2000, and he did not run for re-election in 2002.

In 2002, Governor Sundquist appointed Page Walley Commissioner of the Department of Childrens’ Services. https://www.nashvillepost.com/home/article/20444119/new-head-of-states-dcs-appointed

Now in 2020, as he runs for State Senate, his campaign treasurer is, once again, former State Representative Steve McDaniel.

Tennessee State Employees Association has endosed Mr. Walley.

Mr. Walley considered a run for the 7th Congressional District seat that was previously held by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and is now held by Mark Green.

Image may contain: 1 person, text that says 'TEMPLETON STATE SENATE JAI TEMPLETON'His opponent in the primary is Republican Jai Templeton. Melissa Lindsey of Henderson County will serve as Templeton’s campaign treasurer. Lindsey owns and operates a successful employee benefits company in Lexington. Harris Armour of Fayette County, Dr. John Gallien of Hardin County, and Barrett Rich of Decatur County will serve as co-chairs of Templeton’s campaign. Armour is a family farmer who has been actively involved in the Tennessee Farm Bureau for years. Dr. Gallien is a dentist with a thriving practice in Savannah. Rich is a former three-term State Representative who served citizens of Fayette, Hardeman, and McNairy counties.

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