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Push to Repeal Solar Tax Break Dropped for the Year

The state comptroller’s office has decided against continuing to push for action this year on legsilation that would have repealed a property tax break granted the solar industry during former Gov. Phil Bredesen’s tenure.
Here’s a statement from Deputy Comptroller Jason Mumpower:
“In the interests of producing the best possible solution to a complex issue, a bill (HB3526/SB3296) that would affect property assessments for solar businesses is being postponed,” said Jason Mumpower, chief of staff in the state Comptroller’s office. “While there has been a good discussion during this session about how solar businesses should be assessed, it is not advisable to seek a quick resolution of the concerns that have been raised during the session’s waning days.
“In fact, legislation enacted in haste through the technical corrections bill two years ago created the problem we now have, which is that the law currently requires solar businesses to be assessed at a rate deemed unconstitutional by the Attorney General. It is our belief that without corrective action, the law will be challenged and solar businesses could end up being assessed at 100 percent of their value, as opposed to the much reduced percentage of value we suggest to provide an incentive to the solar industry. We want to work with the industry over the summer in hopes of achieving the broadest consensus we can about the best way to move forward.”

And here’s a statement from the Senate Democratic Caucus on the move:
“The decision by the Comptroller’s office to table a massive 6,000 percent tax increase on the solar industry is a prudent one. Small business owners and clean energy investors have made clear cases for how such an increase would cripple our fastest growing jobs sector.
“An open study committee is the best way to continue the conversation with those who would be most affected. As the Comptroller’s office is properly concerned about revenue consistency among clean energy sectors, I hope they’ll consider cutting other taxes instead of raising taxes on small businesses.”

Some See Tax Increases in Pending Legislation

Note: This is a column written for the Knoxville Business Journal
While hailing bills that cut taxes, state legislators are quietly pushing tax increases. At least, that’s the tale told by folks who would be paying the levies involved.
Proponents say they are merely correcting oversights. Deputy Comptroller Jason Mumpower says SB3296 may be seen as a “technical correction of a technical correction.” The measure undoes a change in the property tax treatment of solar energy companies that was part of the 2010 “technical corrections” bill from Gov. Phil Bredesen’s Department of Revenue.
“It very unusual that this was placed in the technical corrections bill to begin with,” Mumpower said, noting that such legislative packages generally focus on state levies, not local property taxes. Solar power enjoys a 100 percent sales tax credit and a 100 percent franchise and excise tax credit, Mumpower said.
His bill would tax solar installations similar to other “green energy” sites. The Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association counters that the measure “would increase the appraised value of solar property (for tax purposes) from .5 percent to 33 percent of the original cost, resulting in an incredibly large and burdensome tax increase.”

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Solar Tax Break Under Attack (by a ‘very political comptroller’)

The state comptroller’s office says a current tax arrangement on solar energy is unconstitutional, upping the pressure on legislators to cast the policy aside as a fight over its purpose escalates, reports the Nashville Business Journal.
A bill in the Tennessee General Assembly would change the tax treatment of solar companies, and various segments of the industry have spoken up, decrying it as a massive tax increase in place of an incentive they’d been anticipating.
Jason Mumpower, executive assistant to state Comptroller of the Treasury Justin Wilson, today cited a 1986 attorney general opinion, saying that a justification used for the treatment of solar installations is not constitutional.
He argued the current statute — passed in 2010 under the administration of Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat — is open to challenge, and that therefore the comptroller is making tax law sound and preserving some incentive for solar companies.
“What we’re looking to do is correct a technical matter in the tax code,” Mumpower said. “What we’re doing is trying to help them.”
….Both McNally and Mumpower stopped short of accusing the Bredesen administration of passing a law to benefit a future business venture. But they said there could be the appearance of a conflict, with Farr pushing the law and then being part of the future company.
Farr called it “politics by a very political comptroller” for Republicans to be pushing the law change and making such suggestions. He said Silicon Ranch does not plan to apply for the tax benefit or other Bredesen initiatives. The company may consider future programs passed or reapproved by the legislature, based on circumstances at that time, he said.
Mumpower said the comptroller’s office is not seeking political gain against Farr or Democrats supportive of solar. Asked why the comptroller’s office doesn’t denounce suggestions about Farr, Mumpower said the comptroller’s motivation is only to fix the law, not engage in politics.

Mumpower Learning Comptroller Duties and ‘Gratified that I Made the Right Decision’

Bristol Republican Jason Mumpower still has no regrets, reports Hank Hayes.
The man who could have been in line to seek the House speaker’s position instead transitioned from lawmaking to advocating the Tennessee comptroller’s legislative agenda this year.
“I will say as much as I enjoyed my 14 years of service in the House of Representatives … I am gratified that I made the right decision in making the transition to the comptroller’s office, and I enjoyed my first session working for the comptroller in this role,” Mumpower said in a phone inter view. “I did not understand the full depth and breadth and scope of the comptroller’s office until I got on the inside of the office. I take very seriously the comptroller’s role and understand better the role.”

Mumpower’s title is executive assistant to the comptroller and his salary is $124,800. (There’s a lot of speculation that when, and if, Comptroller Justin Wilson chooses to step down from the position, Mumpower will be first in line for election by the Republican-dominated Legislature to assume the position.)

Jason Mumpower: The Website

A news release from the House Republican Leader:

House Majority Leader Jason Mumpower (R-Bristol) announced today that he is unveiling a new website at jasonmumpower.com to better serve his constituents in the 3rd State House District. The website will feature an e-newsletter, breaking news, and other interactive tools designed to keep open another channel of communication.


“I am very excited about connecting with my constituents through the tools on this new website,” said Leader Mumpower. “I encourage everyone to sign up for the e-newsletter, which will provide information and breaking news. In this day and age, elected officials have so many opportunities to open lines of communication to the people they serve through technology, and I look forward to utilizing those tools.”


The sleek new design allows users to sign up for the e-newsletter with ease, and gives citizens the opportunity to follow Leader Mumpower on Twitter and Facebook.


“I’ve always had an open door policy, and this will allow for even more interaction with the Tennesseans I serve. I hope everyone will visit jasonmumpower.com so that we can start a dialogue on how to make our great state even better,” Leader Mumpower concluded.