Friday, September 19th, 2014

Promise Kept rulings on the Haslam-O-Meter

Create online jobs clearinghouse

Will "develop an online jobs clearinghouse that will pull together existing market data in a user-friendly way so that every jobseeker, employer, community official, higher education institution, and economic development organization has access to timely and accurate information on the current and future economic landscape of Tennessee."

Create a regional workforce development assessment

Will "perform regional workforce development assessments so that we can quickly begin to help employers, postsecondary institutions and local officials develop strategies for helping businesses grow and local workers receive the training necessary to fill new jobs."

Create mobile job training units

Will develop "mobile training units at appropriate community colleges and technology centers that can go on-site to deliver the advanced training employers are requiring of their workers."

Increase enforcement for meth-related crimes

"Will address (the methamphetamine crisis) head-on and work toward issues at the state level as well as support for local law enforcement officials engaged in this important battle.”

Create a leadership position for rural development

"The person in this (leadership) position will serve as the point person on rural issues and will be one of my most important appointments."

Increase penalties for violent crime.

"... if the state wants to get serious about reducing crime and keeping communities safe then we must increase the penalties for committing violent crimes."

Decentralize the Department of Economic and Community Development

Will “Restructure the Department of Economic and Community Development by decentralizing the home office and pushing leadership and support to the regional level.”

Won't raise taxes

"I know it's not going to be easy when the next governor takes office, but taxes are job killers. The last thing we should do is raise taxes on a population that is already struggling and a small business community that has been forced to cut back. ... Tennessee already has the highest combined state and average local sales tax rate in the nation and I will not allow it to get any higher."

Pass "meaningful tort reform" to limit malpractice suits

Will "pass meaningful tort reform to lower healthcare costs and allow doctors to stop practicing defensive medicine."

Create "dashboard" for measuring state's success

Will "develop a dashboard for (the) administration's policy goals based around (the) overall vision of making Tennessee the No. 1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs and designed to measure the state's progress and keep government accountable. ... I plan to issue an annual report card that will measure state government's progress, but in order for that to be meaningful there needs to be consensus around the direction we set for the state."

Eliminate Planned Parenthood funding

"I believe state funding for Planned Parenthood should be eliminated."

Evaluate HOPE Scholarship program

"As governor, I will revisit the goals of the (HOPE Scholarship) program and carefully evaluate its effectiveness at meeting those goals. I will work to enhance the impact of all lottery scholarship programs."

Work to eliminate cap on charter schools

Will "work to increase the prevalence of charter schools in Tennessee by supporting removal of restrictions such as the cap on the number of charter schools allowed to operate in the state as well as restrictions on who can re-enroll in charter schools."