Minority Leader’s Lament on the Session Past (targeting Andy Holt)

State Rep. Andy Holt specifically and Republican legislators generally are criticized for actions and inaction in a column by House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, who one suspects, supports former state Rep. Mark Maddox in his rematch with Holt for a West Tennessee House seats this fall.
An excerpt:
The majority and Rep. Holt refused to support HB 2323, the Unemployment to Work Act, which would have given a tax credit to any business that hired people off the unemployment rolls.
The majority refused to support HB 2079, the Tennessee Contractors First Bill, which would have given preference to Tennessee businesses on state contracts, keeping your tax dollars here rather than China or Mexico.
The majority refused to support HB 2314, the Back to Work Act, which would have invested $15,000,000 in our technology centers for updating equipment and expanding programming.
A small business sales tax holiday, a 20 percent tax credit for new small businesses, a tax cut for companies that locate in areas of high unemployment – each of these ideas defeated despite their proven success in the past and their support from the small business community. This session was about many things but, unfortunately, it missed the mark on jobs.
…Despite this longstanding tradition, the administration and Rep. Andy Holt pushed forward with their plan to increase classroom size.
Not only would the administration’s proposal have had a detrimental effect on our students, it would have shifted a huge tax burden to local governments. Had this law passed, county commissions would have been forced to come up with hundreds of thousands of dollars in new revenue or lay off huge numbers of teachers.
This is an impossible choice and one that earned opposition from school boards, superintendents, teachers, parents and legislators alike. Eventually, the Governor withdrew the bill. However, he and his counterparts in the majority have promised to bring it back after the November elections. It was a bad idea this year and it will be a bad idea when we return next January.
Another pitfall we narrowly avoided dealt with needless cuts to the HOPE Lottery Scholarships. Our lottery is extraordinarily successful. Since it was first established, the lottery has never seen a decrease in sales. In fact, it has done well enough for us to create a $366 million dollar reserve fund, which is $316 million more than the law requires us to hold.

3 thoughts on “Minority Leader’s Lament on the Session Past (targeting Andy Holt)

  1. Lynn

    Mr. holt continues to push his personal horse slaughter agenda. he now is trying to pass a bill where horse meat would not be labeled if it were ever sold in Tn. Nobody but a few wealthy republicans want anything to do with horse mslaughter. Mr. Holt needs to realize the people in Tn are citizens and hav e a right to know what is going on in their state.

  2. Janet Manning

    Things are so quiet regarding the horse slaughtering status and I am curious as to know where it stands now. When things are so quiet it usually means that politicians do not want the public to know until it is too late. I am especially curious about Andy Holt and Nicely. Would appreciate an answer.
    Thank you, Janet L Manning

  3. Tom Humphrey

    Well, the legislature has been out of session since May, returning Jan. 8 — then planning a two-week recess. Niceley was elected to the Senate; Holt reelected to his House seat. So it’s a matter of wait and see. My guess is that horse slaughter, after the cool reception last session, will not be a priority item in the coming year. In the House, Speaker Harwell is pushing a new limit on the number of bills that any member can file, so it’s probably up to Rep. Holt to decide if that’s a priority for him this session. Have not talked with either about it lately, but a guess is that there will be a bill, but it will not be actively pushed unless unforeseen developments make passage seem better than in the past.

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