House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick tells TNReport that while accountability is necessary when taxpayer dollars are awarded to private businesses as incentives to expand operations here, government officials need flexibility when making the deals. Tennessee’s legislature has over the years moved to encourage “clawback” provisions in agreements companies strike with the state wherein they they promise jobs for tax credits or taxpayers’ cash. New clawback legislation passed in the state Senate April. 3. However, it is nonbinding on the department. McCormick made these comments March 27.