Press release from the Democratic Party of Tennessee, July 29, 2015:
TNDP Chair to Governor Haslam: ‘Are Roads More Important Than the Lives of Tennesseans?’
Nashville, Tenn. (July 28, 2015) – Governor Bill Haslam’s announced 6-week statewide road trip to discuss transportation and infrastructure plans comes at a time when 280,000 hardworking Tennesseans —including 24,000 veterans — continue to be denied access to affordable health care.
“Rather than calling a special session to help 280,000 hardworking Tennesseans gain access to affordable health care, Gov. Haslam is instead taking a victory lap to crow about our top-ranked transportation system. It’s beyond comprehension that he’s ignored the call to fight for the passage of Insure Tennessee and save lives, but he has no problem hitting the road to talk about the excellent condition of our asphalt.” said Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini.
In a press release announcing the tour, Haslam says the state’s transportation and infrastructure system ranks at or near the top compared to the rest of country.
“Tennessee’s Republican leaders have no problem taking back our federal tax dollars for fixing roads that don’t need fixing but have put roadblock after roadblock in front of taking back our federal tax dollars to help hardworking Tennesseans gain access to affordable health care,” said Mancini, “Our roads are doing fine but the people are struggling to be able to take their kids to the doctor. Governor Haslam should be ashamed.”