When the Tennessee General Assembly convenes this week, they’ll be many fresh faces in the crowd in Nashville, especially among the majority party. Half of Tennessee’s House Republicans have fewer than two years of experience. Among the new lawmakers, there are lawyers, military veterans, and even a preacher, but many describe themselves as small business owners. “That’s on both sides of the aisle,” said Blake Farmer who is covering the state Legislature for WPLN in Nashville.
Gov. Bill Haslam and ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty joined local and company officials on Thursday, Feb. 2 for an official grand opening and tour of the new Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga. Pictured is General Manager Sanjay Shah as he leads.
An effort by the Haslam administration to close records regarding cash grants to private companies is being reworked after hitting a snag in the Tennessee Senate last week. Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey repeated what started as an argument from a few Democrats, that the state should at least make public who owns a company seeking state incentives.
The Tennessee Economic and Community Development Department says it needs this confidentiality bill to compete for business with other states.