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Democrats Demand More Job-Creation Focus by GOP Lawmakers, Governor

Press Release from the Tennessee House and Senate Democratic Caucus, Feb. 24, 2011:

First initiatives of the new majority in legislature fail to bring forward promised job creation

(Nashville) – Democrats in the state House and Senate asked Thursday for answers from the new majority and administration on their promises for a comprehensive job creation plan.

“In the last year, we heard repeatedly that Tennesseans wanted their senators, representatives and governor to work on a plan to create jobs,” said Sen. Lowe Finney (D-Jackson). “Some of our districts have unemployment rates of as much as 20 percent.

“Today marks the 40th day of the new administration and we’re simply asking: where is this jobs plan?”

Tennesseans have lost more than 1,900 jobs in Union City, where the Goodyear plant shut down, said Finney. Seventeen more jobs are gone in Knoxville, where a family lumber company is going out of business after 87 years. More than 40 jobs are leaving Lawrenceburg as a metals plant closes. The list goes on and on.

“We have the opportunity to regain the kind of bipartisan support we had in our First to the Top legislation; that we had in creating the West Tennessee megasite; that we had in providing startup funding for Tennessee businesses,” said House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley).

“Together, we can work to attract businesses and create jobs in Tennessee. But we are waiting on the majority to lead.”

Now, instead of working together to put Tennesseans back to work, the majority party is attacking working families. Instead of creating jobs, they are creating new ways to make it harder to vote. Instead of helping Tennesseans find employment, they’re telling them, “You’re on your own.” Fitzhugh said.

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