January 30, 2012

2012 Jobs Package

Filed under: Blog Posts,News — 5:44 am

As we start another legislative session, I want to share my 2012 Jobs Package with you. You can click on the links below to learn more about each bill. It’s my hope that I can work with Governor Haslam to get these bills passed and put Tennesseans back to work.


HB 2079 “Tennessee Contractors First”

  • Gives preference on state projects to in-state contractors.
  • We have a responsibility to give Tennessee businesses the first crack at state contracts, so our tax dollars create jobs here, not China or Mexico.

HB 2314 “Back to Work Act”

  • $15,000,000 one-time appropriation to Tennessee Technology Centers, allowing them to expand programming and purchase new equipment.
  • Now is the time to invest in workforce training through technical schools so young people and displaced workers have the opportunity to gain the skills they need for 21st Century jobs.

HB 2312 “Jobs for Tennessee Act”

  • Provides funding for the full and complete development of the West Tennessee Megasite in Haywood County.
  • The mega site in Chattanooga received full funding from the state and landed Volkswagen and some 2500 jobs. We can do the same thing in West Tennessee if the Governor will commit to fully-funding this site.  

HB 2309 “Tennessee Works Act”

  • Restructures unemployment compensation to allow unemployed workers to continue receiving payments from the state, while retraining under a new employer.
  • This allows companies to train new workers at no cost to them, moving more people from the unemployment rolls into the work place.
  • Unemployment is meant to be a hand-up, not a hand-out. This program creates a partnership between laid-off workers and businesses so that workers can learn new skills, then have the opportunity to be hired on full time. It also saves businesses money by avoiding costly new skills training.

HB 2323 “Unemployment to Work Bill”

  • Provides a tax-credit to businesses that hire people off the unemployment rolls.
  • We have thousands of Tennesseans looking for work. Companies that make a good faith effort to hire these individuals deserve to be rewarded for saving the state money over the long-term.

HB 2308 “New Energy Act”

  • Directs the University of Tennessee to put in place a plan by 2013 that maximizes the output of the West Tennessee Solar Farm.
  •  Other states are investing in new energy with visible success and more jobs. With the right planning, the West Tennessee Solar farm can double it’s output and put more Tennesseans back to work.   

HB 2582 “New Entrepreneur Tax Credit”

  • Provides a 20% tax credit for new small businesses in Tennessee employing 5 or less people.
  • We want entrepreneurs to go out, invest their capitol and create jobs for our citizens. As a state, we need to do everything we can to make this process easier, including providing tax credits like this that help jump start businesses.