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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/.

New Haslam Program: Bribes for Jobs (satirically speaking)

Scott McNutt lampoons the governor’s push for cash grants to businesses – and the lieutenant governor’s push for unlimited PAC donations – in his Sunday satire column. Excerpts:
Gov. Bill Haslam, R-One Percent, recently announced a plan to lure businesses to Tennessee by throwing massive amounts of cash at them without public knowledge.
Haslam’s proposal would change the focus of Tennessee’s FastTrack program from tax incentives and infrastructure installment to simple bribery to draw companies to relocate or expand in the state. The program would be renamed the FastCash program.
Haslam explained that lots of cold, hard cash, preferably in small bills secretly delivered in discreet brown paper bags, is the surest way to incentivize businesses.
“Businesses don’t care about tax breaks or infrastructure,” he said. “I’m from business; I know what businesses want. We want money — gobs of money, oodles of money, geysers of money, money coming out of our noses. Companies will only be lured by an avalanche of cash — a cashalanche.”
In defiance of the just-ended Sunshine Week, which celebrates open government and freedom of information, Haslam said the public should remain in the dark about his business cashalanches.
“If you ask other states, they’ll tell you, ‘We don’t tell the little people about our big-business cashalanches,'” he said.
Haslam proposes building giant cash slides to direct money across the state to companies he has targeted. He noted that these slides might overrun existing infrastructure and services.
The governor’s plan prompted the Tennessee Buyway Patrol to issue a statewide cashalanche watch. The TBP said citizens should be alert for waves of bills sweeping past the state’s crumbling infrastructure and underfunded services on their way to the targeted businesses.
…Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was not pleased with Haslam’s proposal. He said the FastTrack program should entail “doing for businesses what they don’t care to do themselves.
“By that I mean, when new employers come in, we ought to pick up their dry-cleaning, provide valet service, maybe shine their shoes and bring them breakfast in bed,” he said. “We shouldn’t just throw money at them. That will make them feel cheap.”
Ramsey’s opposition to Haslam’s FastCash proposal may stem from his support of a bill repealing limits on how much of itself politically active cash (PAC) can throw at legislative candidates.
Under current law, PACs can throw no more than $107,200 of themselves per election at a House or Senate candidate — or $214,400 for a primary and general election combined.
Ramsey wants to eliminate all limitations on political contributions and simply require that recipients disclose amounts received by scribbling a note on the refrigerator door.
“Limits are silly because government officials’ appetite for money is limitless,” he said. “Businesses should throw us money, not vice versa. If the governor gives cash to private employers, then we must make them funnel it back to us via PACs. It’s like E=MC2, where matter is neither created nor destroyed; only this formula decrees employers’ cash equals our money. We need an endless money-back feedback loop.”