Nashville, TN – Tennessee needs at least $49.8 billion of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of July 2017 to June 2022—a $5 billion (11.1%) increase from the year before—according to a new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR).
Improvements needed for Transportation and Utilities, Education, and Health, Safety, and Welfare infrastructure continue to account for most of the inventory, with Education and Transportation and Utilities infrastructure needs responsible for most of the reported increase this year.
More than two-thirds of the estimated cost of needed infrastructure improvements included in this year’s report is not funded, unchanged from last year.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee needs at least $38.8 billion of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of 2012-2017 according to a new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR).
The need for public infrastructure improvements, as reported by state and local officials, is up $1.3 billion (3.5%) compared with the year before. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee’s new anti-bullying law for the workplace leads National efforts
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined State Representative Antonio Parkinson (D-Memphis) for a ceremonial bill signing of HB1981, the “Healthy Workplace Act”.
The new law will require the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) to create a model policy that state and local government employers can follow that will reduce instances of workplace bullying – which will both protect employees from harassment and protect employers from future litigation.
On Thursday, the Tennessee House passed House Joint Resolution 0019, as amended, onto the Senate, by a 53-40 vote. The resolution calls for a study of the financial impact of legal gambling, not related to a state lottery, upon tax revenue collections of Memphis, Shelby County and Tennessee.
The resolution was introduced by Rep. Larry Miller, District 88 and amended by Rep Fitzhugh, District 82. The amended resolution calls for the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) and the University of Memphis conduct the study and report findings to the general assembly not later than January 1, 2010.
The resolution now awaits action in the state senate.
Yesterday’s New York Time’s Magazine cover story, “Can You Count on Voting Machines?,” offers valuable and in depth coverage of electronic voting machines and the threat they pose to the foundation of our democratic process – our right to vote in free and fair elections.
In Tennessee, 93 out of 95 counties use electronic voting machines with no voter verifiable paper trail. That means there is no way to be completely sure of an accurate tally or recount in the event one is needed.
This Thursday, January 10, the legislature’s Voter Confidence Act Legislative Study Committee will meet to discuss the findings of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) report, “Trust But Verify,” which recommends that to improve election integrity in Tennessee we move away from electronic voting machines and replace them with paper-based optical scan machines. «Read the rest of this article»
“A long way from where we started…”
With those words activist Bernie Ellis, a staunch advocate for traceable, verifiable voting records, cited a BRAD BLOG report announcing the publication of a major New York Times article on the issues surrounding electronic voting.
According to The BRAD BLOG, the NYT article includes a graphic of an exploding voting booth and a warning that your vote may be “lost, destroyed, miscounted, wrongly attributed or hacked.” The story is reportedly titled “The Bugs in the Machine.” The story claims that electronic voting machines may create far greater problems than hanging chads and cites a ten percent failure of electronic voting machines. http://www.bradblog.com «Read the rest of this article»
The TACIR “Trust But Verify” report recommends that Tennessee move to voter-verified paper ballots to improve election integrity.
Our efforts to achieve more secure elections in Tennessee moved forward this week when the TN Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) voted unanimously to release the TACIR staff report, Trust But Verify, to the state legislature and the general public.
The TACIR Commissioners were obviously influenced by the outpouring of emails and other messages they received from many of you last week. They told us that hearing from so many people did influence their deliberations. We need that to happen again in the next 2-3 days in order to move safe elections legislation forward.
The joint legislative study committee that is considering a bill to require optical scan voting systems statewide by November, 2008 meets on Tuesday, December 18. The recommendations of this study committee and the actions it recommends to the legislature will go a long way toward determining if our elections will be secure in 2008. «Read the rest of this article»
It’s not too late to take action on the issue of electronic voting machines and demand a “verifiable vote” through paper trail and/or auditing. Activist Bernie Ellis (right), who is featured in the film UnCounted:The Movie and who addressed a Clarksville audience on Friday, today offers a fledgling “action kit” for worried voters who want to register their concerns with state leaders. These words from Mr. Ellis:
This “action kit” will get you started (or moving faster) to register your concerns with our state leaders.
Here are three things YOU CAN DO NOW to help up ramp up the discussion for voter-verified paper ballots and mandatory random audits here in Tennessee. «Read the rest of this article»
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