Governor Haslam’s speech was incredibly light on details when it comes to the most important issue on the minds of Tennesseans: JOBS.
He did manage to try to steal credit for the little job creation that happened in 2011.
HASLAM: “In 2011, there were more than 28,000 new TN jobs created and over $4 billion in capital investment. Our Jobs4TN plan is working.”
REALITY: First, Haslam’s jobs number doesn’t account for job losses. Additionally, this jobs picture has nothing to do with Haslam’s Jobs4TN plan — which is basically only a printed brochure at the moment.
Nonfarm Employment (by thousands)
January 2011 – 2627.7
December 2011 – 2648
Real jobs number – 20,300
***That includes: 5,700 new government jobs in the last three months.
Strategy 1: The cluster report came out late in the fall. Summary: Let’s have more meetings.
Strategy 2: Jobs base camps were announced in December.
Strategy 3: INCITE funding guidelines announced in December.
Strategy 4: Regulatory reform. Report released in January.
With all four key strategies having accomplished little to nothing in 2011, it’s a major stretch to say this program had a meaningful impact on the 1.2 percent increase in employment in 2011. Or maybe this is exactly how effective his plan is.
There are many factors at work — progress on the national economic picture, follow through on investments put into work by Governor Phil Bredesen — Amazon, Volkswagen, Wacker, etc.