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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Signs IMPROVE Act

 

Tennessee Legislation enacts the Largest Tax Cut in State History with Statewide Transportation Plan

Tennessee State GovernmentChattanooga, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Monday, June 5th, 2017 in Chattanooga held the first ceremonial signing for the IMPROVE Act, “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy,” which enacts the largest tax cut in state history while delivering a safe, reliable and debt-free transportation network.

“The IMPROVE Act puts money back in the pockets of all Tennesseans and has already helped us attract manufacturing jobs to Tennessee – all while putting us on the path to deliver nearly 1,000 road and bridge projects across the state,” Haslam said.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Gas Tax Increase Approved by Tennessee House

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – The IMPROVE Act,  Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s proposal to fund critical infrastructure projects and offer local government the option to fund transportation needs passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday. 

The more than six hour debate saw House members carefully and thoroughly consider dozens of amendments and counter proposals to the IMPROVE Act.  At the end of the debate, the bill cleared the House by a narrow margin.

“I have been out front and very public about my disappointment in our State government’s neglect, in recent years, to address our over-burdened roads, highways and dangerous bridges with a responsible funding plan.”

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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AAA Applauds Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam for Addressing Transportation Funding

 

Tennessee Improve Act a Good Starting Point for Sustainable Transportation Funding

AAAKnoxville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced Wednesday a comprehensive transportation funding plan that also includes a tax cut on food and manufacturing.

The proposal is called the IMPROVE Act, “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced a comprehensive and strategic plan to cut taxes on food and manufacturing while updating how the state provides Tennesseans the safe and reliable transportation network needed to support future job growth on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced a comprehensive and strategic plan to cut taxes on food and manufacturing while updating how the state provides Tennesseans the safe and reliable transportation network needed to support future job growth on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017.

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Tennessee Representative Smith, Senator Tracy File Legislation To Restore State Highway Funding Raided Between 2001-2007

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Earlier today, State Representative Eddie Smith (R–Knoxville) and State Senator Jim Tracy (R–Shelbyville) officially announced they have filed legislation to restore approximately $261 million that was raided from the state’s highway fund between 2001 and 2007.

The money will be used for backlog transportation road projects across the state and will aid in avoiding an increase to the state’s gasoline tax. Currently, Tennessee has a backlog of road projects totaling $6.1 billion. «Read the rest of this article»

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Goodbye, GM

 

This applies to Clarksville, TN because the Spring Hill, TN  plant that assembles the Chevrolet Traverse will halt production in November laying off 2,447 employees.

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Michael Moore

generalmotorsI write this on the morning of the end of the once-mighty General Motors (06-01-2009). By high noon, the President of the United States will have made it official: General Motors, as we know it, has been totaled.

As I sit here in GM’s birthplace, Flint, Michigan, I am surrounded by friends and family who are filled with anxiety about what will happen to them and to the town. Forty percent of the homes and businesses in the city have been abandoned. Imagine what it would be like if you lived in a city where almost every other house is empty. What would be your state of mind?

It is with sad irony that the company which invented “planned obsolescence” — the decision to build cars that would fall apart after a few years so that the customer would then have to buy a new one — has now made itself obsolete. It refused to build automobiles that the public wanted, cars that got great gas mileage, were as safe as they could be, and were exceedingly comfortable to drive. Oh — and that wouldn’t start falling apart after two years. GM stubbornly fought environmental and safety regulations. Its executives arrogantly ignored the “inferior” Japanese and German cars, cars which would become the gold standard for automobile buyers. And it was hell-bent on punishing its unionized workforce, lopping off thousands of workers for no good reason other than to “improve” the short-term bottom line of the corporation. Beginning in the 1980s, when GM was posting record profits, it moved countless jobs to Mexico and elsewhere, thus destroying the lives of tens of thousands of hard-working Americans. The glaring stupidity of this policy was that, when they eliminated the income of so many middle class families, who did they think was going to be able to afford to buy their cars? History will record this blunder in the same way it now writes about the French building the Maginot Line or how the Romans cluelessly poisoned their own water system with lethal lead in its pipes. «Read the rest of this article»

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