Election’s Over. Now It’s Time for the Tennessee State Legislature To Get To Work on What’s Important
The election is over but the problems remain. The Tennessee economy isn’t creating jobs, thousands of Tennesseans are about to lose unemployment benefits and people are fearful. Come January, the Tennessee State Legislature needs to address the economic problems plaguing our state, Tennessee Citizen Action said today.
“If the jury ever was out on whether Tennesseans favor a jobs agenda, the verdict is now returned,” said Mary Mancini, executive director. “Voters turned out Tuesday to demand that the economy be fixed. It starts with a jobs agenda that puts working families first – legislation aimed at creating good jobs, extending unemployment benefits, ending corporate tax loopholes and protecting key programs that serve our families.”
Mancini said Tennessee Citizen Action and its coalition partners and allies will immediately step up efforts to convince the current U.S. Congress to extend unemployment benefits set to expire in December, and maintain the tax cuts for working families while ending them for millionaires. They will also step up efforts to ensure the Tennessee State Legislature, when it returns to work in January, focus on what’s important to the majority of Tennesseans – crafting legislation that will create good jobs so people can take care of their families.
“People all over Tennessee are hurting, and now our elected leaders need to get to work on the real issues people are facing,” she said. “All around this state, hardworking people are looking for jobs and families are trying to keep a roof over their head, put food on the table, send their kids to college. The election is over. Voters have rendered their verdict on the economy. Our elected leaders need to work what’s really important.”