Democrats ridiculed Gov. Bill Haslam and the Republicans Monday at a news conference, accusing the majority party of reneging on its promises to focus on the economy this legislative session.
“Now more than ever, we need people who place priorities on performance rather than politics. Instead, we’re up here debating whether dogs should wear seat belts, or rewriting science books or talking about creating our own currency,” Senate Democratic Caucus chairman Lowe Finney of Jackson said, naming three of the more widely mocked bills of this session.
Finney criticized Haslam for giving up to 20 percent pay raises to his commissioners while the state’s unemployment rate rose to 9.6 percent last month.
Democrats gave reporters a list of 10 Democratic jobs bills that they say Republicans are ignoring. A small business sales tax holiday was on the list along with various tax incentives for businesses.
“I sit at the leadership breakfast table every week with the governor and the majority party, and I have yet to hear a word from them about our jobs crisis,” House Democratic Caucus chairman Mike Turner of Nashville said. “Tennesseans deserve to have their elected officials working together to put Tennesseans back to work.”