Republicans cut Renewable energy, children, education, parks, bridges, infrastructure from budget

Submitted by WhitesCreek on June 11, 2009 - 6:32am.

I'm having a tough time imagining a more short sighted group than Republican legislators at the moment. Is that why they waited until the end to wreck Bredesen's budget? (One of my main peaves with the KNS is dishonest headlines...Check this one out.)

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farmer leaf's picture
Isn't this called

penny wise and dollar foolish?

This is the kind of dumbed-down thinking / action we get when our local and state-level officials are elected because of their stand on social wedge issues (as opposed to intelligence and knowledge) that are based on intolerance and fear.

By keeping a third rate education system in place, we are guaranteeing that we'll continue to be a backward looking, regressive state.

How are we governed?
Politicians tell lies to journalists.
Journalist write news stories that repeat the lies.
Politicians read the stories and believe what they read!

Living and teaching Earth friendly sustainable agricultural practices.

Ferguson and Yager

Both of out state elected legislators promised, in a town hall meeting, they would have the money for special needs children put back into the budget. I saw no specific information on that budget item.
If that money isn't restored, it effects Michael Dunn and the Henry Center. If anyone can find out more in this specific area, would you post it please? Many would like to know if our Representative and Senator kept that promise, at least.

onetahiti's picture
Infant mortality rates in Tennessee and Roane County

"Tennessee's 2006 overall infant death rate was 8.7. The white rate was 6.6 and the black rate was 16.8." Source: Link...

Infant mortality may not be so much about race as much as it is about each country's system of support and care for women and babies. After all, Bermuda is over 54% African-Bermudan and still manages to keep infant mortality down to 2.46/1000 (Source: CIA Factbook at Link...).

Roane County's infant mortality rate for 2007 was not much better than that for Tennessee, 8.4/1000 (Link...), although an older report gives it in 2000 as 6.7/1000, still not anywhere near good.

There were 84,305 babies born in Tennessee in 2006, 531 of them in Roane County (Link...).

Put this all together and it means about 253 "extra" babies die in Tennessee than would have died in, say, the European Union. If Tennessee is compared to Bermuda, then about 526 "extra" babies die here each year, a truly horrific death toll.

The United States' infant mortality rate is shamefully high too, at 6.86/1000 in 2005 (Source: CDC, Link...). "Of the 23 richest countries, the United States has the highest rate of infant mortality, according to the CIA World Fact Book." (Source: ABC News, Link...)

Countries with Infant Mortality Rates Better Than Tennessee:
162 Puerto Rico 8.42 2009 est.
163 Hungary 7.86 2009 est.
164 Chile 7.71 2009 est.
165 Virgin Islands 7.56 2009 est.
166 French Polynesia 7.55 2009 est.
167 Estonia 7.32 2009 est.
168 New Caledonia 7.05 2009 est.
169 Cayman Islands 6.94 2009 est.
170 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 6.87 2009 est. 171 Slovakia 6.84 2009 est.
172 Poland 6.80 2009 est.
173 Serbia 6.75 2009 est.
174 Cyprus 6.60 2009 est.
175 Northern Mariana Islands 6.59 2009 est.
176 Lithuania 6.47 2009 est.
177 Belarus 6.43 2009 est.
178 Croatia 6.37 2009 est.
179 Faroe Islands 6.32 2009 est.
180 United States 6.26 2009 est.
181 Cuba 5.82 2009 est.
182 European Union 5.72 2009 est.
183 Italy 5.51 2009 est.
184 Isle of Man 5.37 2009 est.
185 Taiwan 5.35 2009 est.
186 San Marino 5.34 2009 est.
187 Greece 5.16 2009 est.
188 Ireland 5.05 2009 est.
189 Canada 5.04 2009 est.
190 Wallis and Futuna 5.02 2009 est.
191 Monaco 5.00 2009 est.
192 New Zealand 4.92 2009 est.
193 United Kingdom 4.85 2009 est.
194 Gibraltar 4.83 2009 est.
195 Portugal 4.78 2009 est.
196 Australia 4.75 2009 est.
197 Jersey 4.73 2009 est.
198 Netherlands 4.73 2009 est.
199 Luxembourg 4.56 2009 est.
200 Guernsey 4.47 2009 est.
201 Belgium 4.44 2009 est.
202 Austria 4.42 2009 est.
203 Denmark 4.34 2009 est.
204 Korea, South 4.26 2009 est.
205 Liechtenstein 4.25 2009 est.
206 Slovenia 4.25 2009 est.
207 Israel 4.22 2009 est.
208 Spain 4.21 2009 est.
209 Switzerland 4.18 2009 est.
210 Germany 3.99 2009 est.
211 Czech Republic 3.79 2009 est.
212 Andorra 3.76 2009 est.
213 Malta 3.75 2009 est.
214 Norway 3.58 2009 est.
215 Anguilla 3.52 2009 est.
216 Finland 3.47 2009 est.
217 France 3.33 2009 est.
218 Iceland 3.23 2009 est.
219 Macau 3.22 2009 est.
220 Hong Kong 2.92 2009 est.
221 Japan 2.79 2009 est.
222 Sweden 2.75 2009 est.
223 Bermuda 2.46 2009 est.
224 Singapore 2.31 2009 est.
Source: CIA Factbook at Link...

-- OneTahiti

Question...

There are Roane County statistics... but are these babies born IN Roane County, or are they borne to people who have a Roane County address and have their babies in other hospitals? I was unaware of RMC doing that brisk an obstetrical business.

RB

onetahiti's picture
RB

Good question.

-- OneTahiti

I think you are right RB.

I think you are right RB. RMC closed down their obstetric department years ago. There are no "baby" doctors here, that I know of, either.

I guess, the infant mortality rate (after initial birth) could be based on the address of the parents even though the baby was born in another county (mostly Oak Ridge/Anderson Co.or Knoxville)

WhitesCreek's picture
From my quick research it is

From my quick research it is based on address of residency. From what I can see prenatal health of the mother, nutrition, and prenatal medical examinations are the big factors in infant mortality, not just delivery care.

Very germane, WC

And those prenatal issues involve a very complex set of issues.

RB

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