News from Nashville – July 29, 2016

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Keeping YOUR Money Where It Belongs
In YOUR Pocket

sales tax piggy bank

Tennessee’s “Sales Tax Holiday” is this weekend! As all holidays are cause for celebration, this one is no different. From Friday, July 29, through Sunday, July 31, we will celebrate Tennesseans keeping your money where it belongs – in your pocket! Many items, particularly clothing and educational materials, will be sold sales tax-free for these three days.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to stock up on things you need for less expense. More information, including a complete list of tax-exempt items, can be found at www.tntaxholiday.com.

Crossed paths with Congressman Marsha Blackburn at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week.

Crossed paths with Congressman Marsha Blackburn at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week.

Broadband and the Internet: Better access. Not Bigger State Government.

Last fall, I convened the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) to study and recommend the best ways to increase reliable access to the internet and the broadband necessary to provide it for all Tennesseans.

The goal is to determine the availability and adoption of high speed internet access from all technologies to residences and businesses in Tennessee and to study and recommend actions which federal, state or local governments might take to help the industry as a whole increase the availability of broadband to everyone in Tennessee.

Defining the appropriate role of government at all levels in private sector deployment, including measures to guard against inadvertent interference with the free market, is one of our objectives.

In our methodical, in-depth investigation thus far, we have learned about extensive investment in broadband by the private sector – companies of all sizes – and important plans already underway to accelerate that deployment in Tennessee. We have also learned about the ability of some local governmental entities and electric co-operatives to provide broadband and the desire of others to expand.

Our report will outline general recommendations and a number of options for consideration by the Governor and the General Assembly, some of which may require either new legislation or additional funding or both.

A preliminary draft of the TACIR report will be presented for consideration this fall in a public meeting broadcast via the internet.

TACIR’s final report, which will be presented after the first of the year and before the next General Assembly convenes, will serve as the foundation for development of sound strategies to extend the reach of broadband technology to every corner of the state in the most cost effective and responsible manner.

For more on this subject:

The National Taxpayers Union:
Tennessee Senate Leader: Expand Broadband without Expanding Government

The Tennessee Farm Bureau:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ioBIY0JUPA

Good to see the 3rd Congressional District's Chuck Fleischmann in Cleveland last week

Good to see the 3rd Congressional District’s Chuck Fleischmann in Cleveland last week

Resisting Reckless Refugee Resettlement

This weekend, I am honored to be the keynote speaker at the Jackson County Reagan Day Dinner in Gainesboro, Tennessee. I will provide an update on refugee resettlement and what must be done to keep Tennessee safe from harm if refugees are not properly screened by the federal government.

Over 17,000 Tennesseans signed my petition to our Attorney General to file suit to enforce Tennessee’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment, and he has now authorized us to proceed.

We have been in contact with several public interest law firms which are willing to aid in our challenge. If you’d like more information about our Resolution, SJR 467, and if you wish to sign the petition in favor if it please visit: keeptnsafe.com

Check presentation by Governor Haslam for the new UT Martin campus in Somerville

Check presentation by Governor Haslam for the new UT Martin campus in Somerville

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS

As a member of the State Workforce Development Board I have been visiting manufacturers, local officials and educators across the state to discuss our progress with increasing the number of Tennesseans with college degrees and reducing the rate of unemployment. Initiatives including the Drive to 55, LEAP, Reconnect and VETS have all helped provide a more skilled workforce and this has been one factor in 4.1% unemployment rate in Tennessee.

On August 11, I will speak to the Chamber of Commerce in Morristown, Tennessee to discuss these workforce development and education initiatives and tour local businesses.

Oftentimes, visiting with employers, the discussion turns to excessive federal regulations and unfunded mandates which hamper business growth and innovation. Sometimes they cost jobs. That was the topic when I recently testified in a subcommittee of the United States Senate. You can view it here.

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