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Jackson Day 2012: Fired Up and Ready to Go

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Tennessee Democrats kicked off the 2012 campaign season by celebrating Jackson Day on the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville this past weekend.  Our big tent party went into the night as 700 folks from across the state celebrated our past and looked forward to the future.

We honored Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh with the Gov. Ned [...]

The End of an Era: Speaker Naifeh Set to Retire

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

NASHVILLE – Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh announced today on the House floor that he will not seek re-election to his district 81 seat this fall. Naifeh has served in the House of Representatives for 38-years, 18 of which he spent as Speaker of the House.

“Governor McWherter always told me when it was time to [...]

Democrats Announce First Phase of Job Creation Legislation

Thursday, October 6th, 2011


jobs tour

Democrats announce first phase of jobs package to put Tennesseans back to work.

 

Plan includes $15 million investment in state technology centers

NASHVILLE – Tennessee House and Senate Democrats announced the first phase of their job creation plan Thursday, which includes calling for $15 million for new equipment and program expansion at the state’s 27 technology centers.

“We heard about the success of our skills training across the state during our jobs tour, but the one thing we heard again and again was the need for more skilled workers,” said House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh. “This investment would enable our technology centers to train more workers faster and get them a good education with an even better job.”

The state’s technology centers’ average completion rate is 75 percent, and the job placement rate is 85 percent. They have been recognized as a national model, but currently only 4 percent of all higher education students in Tennessee attend a technology center.

“The thousands of manufacturing jobs that have come back to Tennessee need a highly skilled workforce. We have the structure to provide that workforce, but we must provide the resources to meet the capacity needs,” said House Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh. Now is the time to make this investment, because it will pay dividends for our workers and our state for a generation.”

Other legislation discussed by Democrats Thursday included:

  • The creation of a commercial properties database for prospective employers to quickly identify potential areas for relocation and expansion;
  • Doubling the capacity of the West Tennessee solar farm by 2013 to keep up with national competition;
  • Providing small businesses a sales tax holiday of up to $5,000 for equipment purchases and upgrades;
  • Fully funding the West Tennessee megasite, in order to give the Grand Division the same opportunities afforded Chattanooga with Volkswagen and Clarksville with Hemlock;
  • Providing a New Entrepreneur Tax Credit for new business owners to recover startup and expansion costs; and
  • A program modeled after the Georgia Works initiative that allows employers to train Tennesseans receiving unemployment benefits, with the goal of providing trainees expanded job opportunities and the potential for a full-time job.

Democrats noted that the initiatives discussed Thursday were only the first phase of an ongoing, bipartisan process to identify ways state government can play a role in job creation.

“We are in a jobs crisis right now, and we need all hands on deck to help sail the ship through these choppy waters,” said Senate Democratic Chairman Lowe Finney. “It’s going to take all of us working together to put Tennesseans back to work.”

 

 

House Democrats: Don’t Change Our Economic Viability

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Bredesen Administration, House Leadership Boosts Tennessee to Sixth in Nation

(Nashville) – Tennessee jumped to sixth in the nation in economic growth last year and House Democrats are calling on the new Republican majority to keep in place the current job recruitment and economic development structure.

Tennessee accomplished stellar economic improvement last year moving up to sixth out of the 50 states in gross state product, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

“This is something that we’ve worked on for years through fiscally conservative budgeting and steady global and national job recruitment,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner (D-Old Hickory). “When we bring jobs to this state, naturally, working families are going to contribute to a more vibrant economy.”

The Republican Majority has laid off 60 employees in the state Economic and Community Development department, while deciding that the state’s focus should be diverted from global and national company recruitment. The department was instrumental in recruiting thousands of jobs through global and national company recruitment, including the likes of Volkswagen, Nissan, Dow Hemlock, Wacker Chemie and SAIC.

“This new announcement by the Bureau of Economic Analysis is very revealing and it shows that what we’ve been doing over the last decade or so is working,” said House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley). “To change this positive budget and job recruitment philosophy is the wrong thing to do right now; we need more jobs and we need them now.”

House Democrats, which ran the Finance Committee and carried Gov. Phil Bredesen’s jobs packages over the last eight years, were very successful in bringing jobs back to Tennessee.

Last year, Site Selection magazine ranked Tennessee the second best state for business climate, corporate investment and job creation. Southern Business and Development magazine ranked Tennessee co-state of the year for economic development and Chief Executive Officer magazine said Tennessee was the third best place to do business.

“The economic development path paved by the Bredesen administration is working. At the risk of our state losing jobs, now is not the time to stray from a path proven to produce results,” said Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh (D-Covington).

Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh Sounds Off On the Collective Bargaining “Compromise”

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Former Speaker of the House Rep. Jimmy Naifeh slams the secret, back room deal struck between state House tea party and Republican members.

“When you have true compromise, you have all parties involved,” Naifeh says in the statement.

From the desk of Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh:

OF ALL WEEKS TO WORK BEHIND CLOSED DOORS—LAST WEEK WAS “SUNSHINE WEEK –OPEN GOVERNMENT, TRANSPARENCY, ETC……

THIS AMENDMENT WAS A COMPROMISE BETWEEN THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS—MODERATES AND TEA PARTY MEMBERS. WE (HOUSE DEMOCRATS ON EDUCATION GENERAL SUB) WERE NEVER INVITED FOR INPUT.

THIS WAS MERELY AN ATTEMPT TO SATISFY THE MODERATES AND TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS.

WHEN YOU HAVE A TRUE COMPROMISE, YOU HAVE ALL PARTIES INVOLVED; REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS, TEACHERS, TEA, SCHOOL BOARDS AND SCHOOL DIRECTORS. YOU WORK UNTIL YOU COME WITH A TRUE COMPROMISE.

WE, THE DEMOCRATS ON THE SUB-COMMITTEE, DID NOT RECEIVE THE AMENDMENT UNTIL NOON FOR THE AFTERNOON MEETING. WE REQUESTED A ONE WEEK DELAY BECAUSE WE HAD NOT SEEN THIS AMENDMENT. IT WAS WORKED OUT THE DAY BEFORE BY THE REPUBLICANS. OUR REQUEST WAS NOT GRANTED BY THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED COMMITTEE.

ALL OF THE STUDIES SHOW THAT PROFESSIONAL NEGOTIATIONS DO NOT HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT.

WHILE UNEMPLOYMENT IS UP IN TENNESSEE, THE REPUBLICANS ARE ATTACKING OUR TEACHERS ON ALL FRONTS: PROFESSIONAL NEGOTIATIONS, RETIREMENT, DUES DEDUCTIONS, DISCUSSIONS ON THE “MONKEY BILL”, SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS, GUNS, CREATING CURRENCY, IMMIGRATION AND OTHER NON-RELATED JOBS BILLS.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE JOBS PACKAGE??????

Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh

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