State Democrats accuse GOP of ignoring economic woes

Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 10:38am

Democratic leaders accused Gov. Bill Haslam and the Republican Party Thursday of failing to act to help the economic recovery in Tennessee.

“Today marks the 40th day of the new administration, and we’re simply asking: where is this jobs plan?” Senate Democratic Caucus chairman Lowe Finney said at a news conference.

Haslam submitted his package of bills to the legislature last week and acknowledged that none was aimed at immediate job creation. “I don’t think there’s a legislative package up here that will create jobs,” he said, promising to rid the state of burdensome business regulations instead.

For the cameras at their media event, Democrats stacked up 1,500 Republican bills that they said had nothing to do with jobs and placed that pile next to the few pieces of legislation that they said are focused on the economy. 

Instead of helping Tennesseans find jobs, Republicans are telling them, “You’re on your own,” House Democratic leader Craig Fitzhugh said.

Democrats said their own bills would give a sales tax holiday to small businesses and change the law to require state government to buy goods and services from Tennessee businesses if possible rather than contracting with companies outside the state.

11 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 2/24/11 at 10:36

Finney and Fitzhugh are trying to take the attention off the current
bills being proposed that are causing them Heat and attempting
to change the conversation to something else. I'm sure the Governor's
attempts, limited as those are possible, will be gotten to by this
legislature in due but very soon order!

By: tgeubank on 2/24/11 at 10:49

The GOP legislatures apparently did not receive the real message. It was and is JOBS. We are not interested in Arizona style discrimination and intolerance as Ketron and Beavers seem to be copying all of the BS coming from that state. If I wanted to live by AZ laws I would move there. These two are an embarrassment to our State as is Marsha Blackburn who will allow the destruction of the beautiful Smokey Mtns by defunding the EPA. Koch Brothers pay back hey Marsha, not sure when we elected Koch Industries to lead our country, first the environment followed by the elimination of workers rights decided by the GOP Governors meeting in January of which Mr. Koch was in attendance. Great job GOP, enjoy it while it lasts which is going to be very short lived.

By: greystone on 2/24/11 at 11:31

Instead of creating jobs they are sponsoring (Tracy/Sparks) tax breaks for people buying tornado shelters. Watch the money trail.

By: Nitzche on 2/24/11 at 11:40

somebody call 911, I just fell in the floor laughing, I think I hurt myself...Democrats concerned about jobs....Zanies this weekend- the Democratic jobs platform...remember to tip your waiters!

By: Heffa on 2/25/11 at 7:16

What a joke, where are the jobs? I don't know why don't you ask Obama - your chief democrat, he has been promising jobs for two years. Republicans take control and 20 minutes later the democrats are looking for immediate results. Most all of those bills have something to with jobs, why don't you get out of the way and let us do what we do best and that's create private sector jobs.

By: pswindle on 2/25/11 at 10:02

Beavers, Good Gosh!! Why does TN, elect such incompetent people?

By: LFCRed on 2/25/11 at 10:16

... and don't forget about Mr. Ketron & his Sharia bill.
What a waste of our time/resources - we're amongst some of the fattest, least-educated, unemployed states in the country. Quit jacking us around & get some real biz done up there!!!

By: GUARDIAN on 2/25/11 at 9:48

GUARDIAN-My-my=my the communist are here in force whining today.

By: Donna Locke on 2/25/11 at 10:14

Oh, there's a jobs plan: the one that has been promoted by the Tennessee business lobby and protected and unquestioned by the Democrats here in Tennessee. Jobs for whom? Well ...

I urge everyone to watch the three videos in the Georgia TV report linked to below about construction jobs going to illegal aliens (many of them paid with federal stimulus funding and other taxpayer money). These are public jobs. Georgia has a mandatory E-Verify law on public contractors. Enforcement? Not so much.

You will see how some employers are getting around the laws, a lesson for Tennessee in its own efforts to see that Tennessee jobs go to legal Tennessee workers — because you can be sure that what you see here is happening in Tennessee also.

A Georgia labor group and a Georgia television investigative team bring some eye-opening facts to our attention. Please do watch the videos, a series of three you will see there — a brief ad precedes; sit through it, it will be worth it:

"In a world of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell

By: joe41 on 2/26/11 at 8:54

Haslam has never been about jobs unless they are in Knox County. Wake up folks!


By: yogiman on 2/27/11 at 9:06

So the democratic team is on the front line giving our new governor hell because he didn't bring in all the jobs necessary to employ all voluntary workers in our state.

My question is; what in the cornbread hell was the democratic regime doing to create jobs for all of those "out of workers" over the years they were in control?