State Democrats announce six-day tour to focus on creating jobs

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 2:43pm

State House Republicans held hearings Wednesday into burdensome business regulations, and Democrats announced they will go on a statewide tour of Tennessee to talk to the public about how to create jobs here.

“Across the country and here in Tennessee, we are stuck in a jobs crisis, and it’s going to take everyone working together to get us out of it,” House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh said. “Jobs are the number one priority for Tennesseans, and they also must be the top priority for their elected officials.”

Democrats said their six-day tour will include visits to Memphis, Jackson, Murfreesboro, Columbia, McMinnville, Knoxville and Cookeville, among other cities.

The House GOP Small Business and Economic Development Task Force heard from business owners about regulations that they believe are hindering job growth.

The hearing opened with testimony from Richard Skiles, a pharmacist in Kenton. He predicted that within 10 years, community pharmacies will cease to exist because of too many regulations and competition from big companies.

“You won’t find any of us on the street corners anymore,” Skiles said, who employs 11 people at his store. “Regulations are needed. I’m not saying they’re not. But overregulation is not needed.”

8 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 9/8/11 at 5:08

Is this a nationwide- state by state plan following the President's address
to drum up votes for next year? What we don't need is removing what
very few consumer rights we have in this state for a small profit advantage
for many businesses. Consumers have always been very low on the
food chain in Tenn legislature for both parties for many-many years!

By: BigPapa on 9/8/11 at 6:34

Maybe the Dems can ask their Union cronies about why the manufacturing jobs left.

By: Moonglow1 on 9/8/11 at 6:36

Moonglow1: everyone is buying in to the over regulation mantra. The truth is that businesses are less regulated than ever before and CEO pay continues its skyward ascent. Average CEO pay increased by 22 percent. So if businesses are unduly burdened by over regulation, why do they continue to siphon off $$ that could be directed to create jobs by investing in innovation instead of going into the pocket of the CEO who may or may not be a high performer.

The jobs issue is the result of unfair trade policy and multi nationals preference to move their manufacturing base from the USA to China.

According to Haslam, jobs will increase due to passage of his tort reform. Well we are all waiting for the magic to occur.

By: TRHJR on 9/8/11 at 8:37

Now ms. glow ... Why didn`t you write " its all Bushs` fault " ... Because your tired stump speaches are getting old ... CEO pay ( just beause you are a gov-ment worker ) No Ms. glow it is too HIGH Taxes, Unions with unreasonable demands , an goofy folks like you with your hand out !!!!!

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 9/8/11 at 9:37

Let me give you one very small but probably apropos example of this issue. In my business we don't have a boiler. We do have a small outdoor air compressor. Every year we get a bill for a boiler inspection. $75.00. If you don't pay it on time there is a 50% penalty. I have never in all my years in business heard of a small air compressor blow up and hurting someone. This in my opinion is the State government creeping into every nook and cranny very gradually so as to not be noticed. I counted once, 11 difference taxes have to be paid for most any small business, some necessary, some not. It has to stop or their won't be any small business left. Then all you will have to chose from will large, to big to fail and very impersonal mega corporations who couldn't care less what you feel about them and their service. I won't even mention the yearly back flow inspection scam that the government has perpetuated on us.

By: BigPapa on 9/8/11 at 10:48

"The jobs issue is the result of unfair trade policy and multi nationals preference to move their manufacturing base from the USA to China. "

Why do you think they moved to China? Just because they like the food and the weather is nice?? No, they moved because unskilled workers in the USA thought that nobody else could do their menial jobs. The CEOs finally called their bluff.

By: BigPapa on 9/8/11 at 10:48

"The jobs issue is the result of unfair trade policy and multi nationals preference to move their manufacturing base from the USA to China. "

Why do you think they moved to China? Just because they like the food and the weather is nice?? No, they moved because unskilled workers in the USA thought that nobody else could do their menial jobs. The CEOs finally called their bluff.

By: Nitzche on 9/9/11 at 6:57

somebody pick me up from the floor, i am laughing too hard.