DRESDEN, Tenn. June 18, 2014– Last month, I requested an Attorney General’s opinion on whether or not the highly controversial new state logo that cost taxpayers $46k could even be trademarked. The Attorney General’s office would not opine due to a pending federal opinion. As it turns out, the federal government has denied the trademark.
According to officials with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the new Tennessee logo was rejected because they say the state’s prominent abbreviation doesn’t fall within trademark guidelines, according to that agency’s website.
The very fact that legislators are being lobbied to raise the gas tax on Tennesseans when $46k worth of taxpayer dollars were spent without even consulting a trademark lawyer is disgusting, irresponsible, abusive and out of touch. You wouldn’t run your household budget like this, and neither should the state. This is Tennessee, not Washington DC.
Week after week, tax collections are surpassing expectations across the state. For fiscal year 14-15, the state collected $10.48 billion, which was $502 million over the original budget projection, and $370 million over the revised projection. In May 2015 alone, tax collection were $108 million more than expected. Instead of blowing this money on frivolous logos, why not spend it on roads? Or, God forbid, give it back to the people.