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Business Battles a Blessing to Lobbyists

While the Legislature’s Republican “supermajority” regularly proclaims devotion to making Tennessee business friendly, on occasion a choice must be made between friends. And that is a good thing for the lobbying business.
The most publicized example of the current session has been authorizing the sale of wine in grocery stores. The dispute has pitted the 500-plus package stores, who present themselves as small businesses under attack, against convenience stores and big-box retailers, who present themselves as champions of consumer convenience.
Both, of course, are interested in maximizing profits. At this writing, it appears the liquor stores, defenders of the status quo, have prevailed again. That means in 2014 — for the seventh consecutive year — both sides will hire lobbyists for another round of what has become a major revenue generator for the lobbying business.
This year, 64 lobbyists for 43 clients listed “alcoholic beverage regulation” on their registration forms, which require a check beside areas of lobbying interest. A skim through the listings indicates the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association, leading proponent of the bill (HB610), has registered the highest number of lobbyists at 10.

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State-sponsored Jobs Search Database Launched

News release from the governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis today announced a new jobs database to help connect job seekers with Tennessee employers.
Jobs4TN Online is a virtual recruiter, automatically notifying job seekers when jobs they may qualify for are posted and notifying employers when candidates who fit their needs register.
The online database contains positions from job orders placed directly by Tennessee employers, from corporate Internet sites, and from major job search engines. Jobs4TN Online also identifies available green jobs.
“The unemployment rate for Tennessee is at its lowest since November 2008 and has fallen below the national rate, but it is still too high,” Haslam said. The governor committed to developing a new jobs database during his gubernatorial campaign. “With Jobs4TN Online, those without a job will have quicker and better access to job openings related to their skills, and as we work to make Tennessee an even better place to expand and start a business, we want to help employers find the employees they need.”
Jobs4TN Online makes available labor market information, including demand occupations, education requirements and salaries for positions, labor force projections, and training program graduates. Information can be tailored to focus on specific communities, metro statistical areas or statewide. Employers and job seekers are encouraged to log in to Jobs4TN Online at www.jobs4tn.gov.
“This system is much more than a traditional job search engine,” Davis said. “Jobs4TN Online offers extensive information for interviews, lists of local training providers, and the capability to create and send resumes.”
The state’s previous job search site, the Source, included job orders received by Tennessee Career Centers and jobs listed by Fortune 500 companies. Jobs4TN Online uses a more robust search that provides first-run jobs from newspapers, government sites and private job boards, and the amount of jobs listed in Tennessee has gone from 30,000 to more than 85,000.
Jobs4TN Online can be accessed anywhere with a computer and Internet access. Tennessee Career Centers across the state have free computer resource rooms with guidance on job searching. For anyone not comfortable with using a computer, referrals can be provided in person at the center once they have registered for services. To find the nearest Tennessee Career Center visit http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/cc/cccounty.shtml.
Also, Tennessee Career Coaches are another available resource. They are mobile career centers with computer workstations and access to the Internet anywhere by satellite. Three mobile units operate in east, west, and middle Tennessee to provide job searching resources to those attending job events or to those that don’t have access to the Internet. The Career Coaches’ schedules can be found at http://www.getonthecoach.tn.gov/.