Not Even Kidding

I’m not even kidding. House Speaker Beth Harwell held a press conference today to make what she labeled a “major healthcare announcement.” After GovernorĀ Haslam spent nearly a year and a half developing Insure Tennessee, the legislature has spent two consecutive sessions avoiding votes and serious discussions of the plan that would provide access to healthcare […]

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Barry Moves Forward on Affordable Housing

April 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Economic Justice, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

Despite efforts in the General Assembly led by Franklin Rep. Glen Casada to thwart affordable housing initiatives in Tennessee’s cities, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is moving forward with a significant investment in an affordable housing plan. The Tennessean reports: Mayor Megan Barry on Monday pledged $10 million to boost affordable housing in Nashville, a jolt […]

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Casada vs. Consumers

The Tennessean reports that Rep. Glen Casada has a new enemy: Consumers seeking affordable housing in Tennessee. From the story: Legislation that would prohibit municipalities in Tennessee from mandating that developers include affordable housing in new residential development is headed to the desk of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. The Tennessee House of Representatives voted 72-23 […]

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Of Shoes and InsureTN

April 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

WPLN reports that InsureTN activists are turning to shoes to make a point about the need for a floor vote on the Medicaid expansion measure: Supporters of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion proposal barricaded the entrance to a prominent lawmaker’s office Tuesday, using a pile of shoes. The message to House Speaker Beth Harwell was […]

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Stopping Progress

That’s what the Tennessee General Assembly appears to be up to when it comes to protecting Tennessee workers and advancing their interests. According to a recent article from In These Times: Worker advocates in Tennessee say that preemption laws have repeatedly stymied some of their most important efforts to tackle poverty and working conditions at […]

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Marsha’s Payday

I’ve written before about U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s defense of the payday loan shark industry. Here’s more on what H.R. 4018, a bill she’s co-sponsored, would do. From the Chicago Tribune: The wonderful Florida law these folks want to protect results in effective annual interest rates of 312 percent. The proposed CFPB rules would put […]

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