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Under fire from labor unions for merely questioning automatic pay increases of 2.5% for public employees, Knoxville City Councilman Nick Della Vople, is doing the right thing.
Although Knoxville is tied for 94th in the nation for our unemployment rate of 7.5% and private sector salaries have remained stagnant, the City has mandated that government employees receive a 2.5% annual raise.
Now is our opportunity to make a historic change for Tennessees schools. To remove partisan politics from the classroom and give teachers a fighting chance to actually help students learn without the bureaucracy of the teachers unions getting in the way.
The TN state Senate has already passed legislation to end collective bargaining with teachers unions. Now that legislation may be stalled in the House of Representatives.
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchetts proposed overall budget of $652.9 million includes no tax increases but does include significant staff cuts and puts a stop to costly political gimmicks such as the Commissioners discretionary funds. AFP-Tennessee applauds Mayor Burchett for trimming the bureaucracy and finding efficiencies to balance the budget.
Tennesseans celebrated Tax Day last week by attending taxpayer rallies across the state to send a clear message: we are fed up with the spending in Washington, D.C.
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Traveling across the state I hear the same message; people are concerned for the next generation and the impact our crushing debt will have on their childrens ability to succeed.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is pushing serious tort reform legislation that will improve the business climate in our state, create good-paying jobs and protect us from junk lawsuits that defy logic and commonsense. Read HB 2008 by clicking here.
Click here to support Gov. Haslams efforts to end junk lawsuits in Tennessee.