Press Release from the Democratic Caucus of the Tennessee House of Representatives, April 1, 2014:
Chairman Mike Turner calls on Speakers to hold hearing on UAW Incentives deal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner has sent a letter to Speaker of the House Beth Harwell and Speaker of the Senate Ron Ramsey requesting they convene a joint government operations committee hearing after the News Channel 5 investigative report revealed documents that indicate the Volkswagen incentive package may have been contingent upon the outcome of the labor negotiations at the plan.
Text of the letter: “I am requesting a joint meeting of the Government Operations committee to investigate the Volkswagen incentive project referred to as ‘Project Trinity.’ “As elected members of the legislature we owe it to our constituents to fully vet how our tax dollars are being spent. Nothing in the current code authorizes the Executive Branch to use corporate incentives for the purposes of intervening in a lawfully organized labor election. Documents released to News Channel 5 in Nashville, but not provided to the legislature through a FOIA request, should concern all legislators tasked with protecting tax payer dollars.
“Due to the urgency of this matter, I am asking the meeting be set as soon as possible.”