Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Promises about Economy on 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."

Improve tourism marketing

Will develop "a comprehensive marketing strategy for our state that can be used to maximize interest from visitors and new investment alike . . . At the regional level, I will utilize the jobs base camps I will create and ensure that every region incorporates a plan for tourism into their unique economic development strategies. Moreover, the state must continue its efforts to maximize the reach of tourists' investments in Tennessee by driving them to locations throughout the state."

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."

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.”

Institute a "Small Business Works" initiative

Will launch "Small Business Works" with the goal of "working with small business owners to create the best possible environment for starting or growing a business while enhancing the state's efforts to provide useful, timely information and guidance to anyone seeking to start a business in Tennessee."

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."

Become No. 1 in "high quality jobs" in the Southeast

"My top priority as governor will be making Tennessee the No. 1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs."