State Capitol Report: Republicans Pipe Up on Closing ECD Records

Feb 27, 2012

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.

Last week Republicans raised questions in regard to how long the information would be kept from the public, because they say the people deserve to know how public monies are used and who receives funding.