Mar 14 2016
08:21 am
By: WhitesCreek

This very day our Legislature is considering a bill to eliminate local government's ability to use gas taxes for funding of public greenways and bike lanes. It seems like they are simple minded in wanting to funnel every penny they can to the highway lobby. Anything that actually makes our towns and counties better places to live is in their crosshairs for destruction. Jeff Woods at the Nashville Scene writes in "Pith in the Wind":

In any normal universe, enraged citizens of the state would appear at the Capitol with pitchforks and torches to demand change.

In Tennessee, incredibly, polls consistently show relatively high approval ratings for the legislature. According to the latest MTSU poll, 48 percent of Tennessee voters approved of the job the legislature is doing, while only 26 percent disapproved. We'd like to think most people aren’t paying attention because the alternative—that they know what the legislature is doing and they approve of it—is too sad to contemplate.

The TN Legislature Just Keeps Getting Worse

Senator Ken Yager is on the Finance Committee that is hearing the bikes and greenways elimination bill. You can send him a quick email at: Stop (SB) 1716, Senator Yager!

Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.