Compare the Candidates – Biographical Profiles and Positions on the Issues

August 5, 2010 Tennessee Republican Primary Election

Candidates for Governor, Tennessee

Bill Haslam - R
www.billhaslam.comwww.billhaslam.com
7112 Sherwood DrKnoxville, TN 37919
615-741-2001
56
Joe Kirkpatrick - R
www.joe4gov.comwww.joe4gov.com
917 Legacy Park RdMt. Juliet 37122
Basil Marceaux, Sr. - R
www.basilmarceaux.comwww.basilmarceaux.com
810 Hyatte RoadSoddy Daisy, TN 37379
Ronald L. Ramsey - R
teamronramsey.comteamronramsey.com
2132 Feathers Chapel RdBlountville, TN 37617
423.323.8700
54
Zach Wamp - R
www.zachwamp.comwww.zachwamp.com
719 Hawks Nest DriveChattanooga, TN 37419
423.756.2342
Biographical
Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)
Bill Haslam

Born

August 23, 1958 Knoxville, Tennessee

Spouse

Crissy Haslam

Children

Annie Haslam

Leigh Haslam

Will Haslam

Hannah Haslam

Residence

Knoxville, TN

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

Age: 58

Married with 2 children

Ronald L. Ramsey

Gender: Male

Family: Wife: Sindy

3 Children.

Birth Date: 11/20/1955

Birthplace: Johnson City, TN

Home City: Blountville, TN

Religion: United Methodist.

Zach Wamp

A Chatanooga native, Zach and his wife, Kim, have two children: Weston, a University of Tennessee graduate, and Coty, a student at UT.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)
Bill Haslam

He attended Emory University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in history.

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

Associate of business administration, Edmondson Junior College.

Ronald L. Ramsey

Ramsey graduated from East Tennessee State University with a degree in industrial technology in 1978.

Zach Wamp

Attended, Industrial Relations, The McCallie School University of North Carolina, 1977-1978, 1979-1980

Attended, Political Science, University of Tennessee, 1978-1979.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)
Bill Haslam

As a teenager, Bill Haslam began working part-time in his family's business, the Pilot Corporation, a Knoxville-based petroleum company founded by his father Jim Haslam. Following his university graduation, he returned to Knoxville to work for Pilot, eventually becoming president and a director of the company, which runs the nationwide Pilot Travel Centers chain of convenience stores and truck stops. At one time he served as chief executive officer of the e-commerce and catalog division of Saks Fifth Avenue.

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

Entrepreneur, historian, inventor, and exporter/importer.

Ronald L. Ramsey

Ramsey started his own surveying company in 1978. His business has since grown to a real estate and auction company -- Ron Ramsey and Associates, a well-respected land company in Upper East Tennessee.

Zach Wamp

Zach spent twelve years as a small businessman and commercial real estate broker before coming to Congress.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
Bill Haslam

Haslam was formerly a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, but resigned early in 2009 and became a member of the National Rifle Association.

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

Former President, Blountville Business Association

Board, Blountville Community Chest

Blountville Optimist

Blountville Ruritan

Former President, Bristol Tennessee-Virginia Association of Realtors

Lay Leader, Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church

Advisory Board, Farm Credit Association

Indian Springs Optimist

Ruritan Optimist.

Zach Wamp

No response

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
Bill Haslam

Knoxville's mayoral elections are nominally non-partisan, but Haslam was known to be a member of the Republican Party when he ran for the office. He defeated Madeline Rogero to win election in 2003, replacing retiring four-term mayor Victor Ashe, and was reelected--with 87% of the vote--in 2007.

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

Ran for governor in 2002, 2004 , 2006; ran for state Senate, 2005, 2007, 2009; ran for U.S. Senate, 2006; Currently running for U.S. house

Ronald L. Ramsey

Ramsey was elected by the First District of Sullivan County to serve two terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives and, in 1996, won election to the State Senate, representing Tennessee Senate District 2, which encompasses Johnson and Sullivan counties. As the Senate's leading Republican, Ramsey engineered an historic GOP takeover of the chamber and was elected Speaker of the Senate and Lieutenant Governor in 2007.

In August 2008, Lt. Governor Ramsey was elected Chairman of the Tennessee delegation to the Republican National Convention and in January 2009, the Republican Lt. Governor's Association named Speaker Ramsey their national Chairman.

Prior to becoming Speaker, Lt. Governor Ramsey served as Majority Leader and Caucus Chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus and is also a former Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee.

Zach Wamp

After serving for eleven years on the House Appropriations Committee, our Leadership appointed me the top "ranking" Republican for the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies. This is a critical time of transformation in our military and it is an honor to act on behalf of those who serve our country. Along with this post, I continue to work on the Energy and Water Subcommittee as the second most senior Republican, which is essential for programs in East Tennessee.

General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)
Bill Haslam

No response

Joe Kirkpatrick

Exited race. Asked supporters to vote for Ronald Ramsey.

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

I Basil Marceaux Sr. as a Force Recon Marine is the first Freedmen's Bureau Agent/ Great Man of 2008 who is asking for your support and vote for the following republican prosition:

U.S.Senate of Zack wamp in 2010

Make the Court system, Congess, Army, Navy ,Air Force to Fly the same flag as the Marine Corp which is the three color U.S. Flag.

Make sure that if national insurance is put in place, I will make sure the roots of such bill with not inclued any type measuring of the waist like other counties. quoted on 1/3/09

As Tennessee Governor in 2010

Using the Civil Right Act of 1966 for the first time in history to find out two things:

1. why Democracy invaded the U.S. State on July 16 1866

2stop Constitutional Right violations in our state at all cost I will tell you all this

VOTE FOR ME AND IF I WIN I WILL IMMUNE YOU FROM ALL STATE CRIMES FOR THE REST OF YOU LIFE! (Except violating a citizen rights this would be a special punishment ) Making Tennessee the first state in the United States to actually listen to the U.S.and state Constitution ,and all cities charters

Because the last republican form of government which was 1866 thought they would rather have 50 murders on the street than one constitutional violator, now in 2008 all office holders break their oath the next day

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

Zach Wamp is a common-sense conservative who promotes practical ideas to solve our nation's complex challenges. His energy and dogged determination have established him as a leader on issues like alternative energy, preventive health care and global security. He was an early promoter of an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy to create new jobs and he leads by example in focusing on physical activity and wellness.

To bring the region together around our shared science, technology, business and education assets, Zach was instrumental in the formation and success of the Tennessee Valley Technology Corridor, helping create the jobs of the future. What started in 1995 as a regional economic summit has grown into a national award-winning economic development organization focused on high-tech research, development, manufacturing and investment in the Tennessee Valley Corridor. This partnership is paying major dividends in the way of thousands of new, quality jobs for Tennesseans.

Military (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, type and date of discharge)
Bill Haslam

No response

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

A former reconnaissance marine.

Ronald L. Ramsey

Active in his profession and community, Ramsey served as president of the Bristol Association of Realtors and as president of the Blountville Business Association. He was a member of the first "40 Under Forty" class recognized by The Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia, and is active in several local chambers of commerce.

The Lt. Governor is a member of the Blountville Ruritan and the Indian Springs Optimist Club and a past member of the Farm Credit Advisory Board.

Zach Wamp

No response

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)
Bill Haslam

No response

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

He is a member of Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church where he serves as a Sunday School teacher.

Zach Wamp

Zach and his family attend Red Bank Baptist Church.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
Bill Haslam

No response

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

Ramsey, the first Republican Senate Speaker in 140 years, has been named "The Best Lawmaker for Business in Tennessee" by Business Tennessee magazine for his success in passing pro-growth policy to improve the state's business climate.

As the Senate's leading Republican, Ramsey engineered an historic GOP takeover of the chamber and was elected Speaker of the Senate and Lieutenant Governor in 2007. He is the first GOP Senate Speaker in Tennessee in 140 years and the first from Sullivan County in over 100 years. In the 2008 elections, which saw Republicans suffer major losses across the country, Ramsey led Tennessee's Republicans to a gain of three Senate seats and a solid five seat majority.

He was a member of the first "40 Under Forty" class recognized by The Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia.

Zach Wamp

A few of Zach's legislative accomplishments include:

Combating methamphetamine production in Tennessee.

Expanding the Trail of Tears.

Keeping the aging Chickamauga Lock open and operational.

Preserving Moccasin Bend. Zach authored a bill leading to the establishment of the Moccasin Bend National Archeological District.

Advancing the region's science leadership. The Spallation Neutron Source in Oak Ridge is a world-renowned research facility. Zach helped provide the necessary resources for the project.

Providing energy tax incentives. Zach shepherded landmark tax incentives.

Improving education. Zach co-authored the FIT Kids Act.

Naming Emancipation Hall. Zach wrote the bill to name the largest room in the Capitol "Emancipation Hall."

He has appeared on virtually every national media outlet and has been featured in a number of national publications effectively articulating sound social and economic policy.

Economy
Tennessee Economy, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam has maintained a laser-like focus on improving Tennessee’s economy and recruiting and growing high-quality jobs for Tennesseans.

In just three and a half years, Governor Haslam has taken major steps to improve Tennessee’s business climate. His initiatives have included overhauling the state’s workers’ compensation system to bring clarity and fairness to the system for both the employee and employer, changing the state’s civil justice system to make Tennessee more competitive for new jobs with surrounding states by bringing predictability and certainty to businesses calculating potential litigation risk and cost, creating regional jobs base camps to coordinate local efforts and leverage existing assets, launching Jobs4TN.gov to provide a gateway for Tennesseans searching for employment to connect with businesses looking to hire, and creating the INCITE initiative to encourage private sector investment in our state’s small businesses.

As a result of Governor Haslam’s commitment to making Tennessee the no. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs, Tennessee’s unemployment rate has dropped from 9.6% in January 2011 to 7.4% today.

Shortly after taking office, Governor Haslam appointed a Tourism Taskforce to do a better job of coordinating and leveraging our assets across the state to attract more visitors and revenue to Tennessee. The Task Force created a first-ever statewide strategic plan to encourage visitors from around the country and the world to vacation in Tennessee, and the tourism industry is working together like never before. Governor Haslam also created Launch Tennessee, a public-private partnership dedicated to making Tennessee the no. 1 place in the Southeast to start and grow a small business, and developed an agribusiness strategic plan to encourage continued innovation in Tennessee’s agriculture industry.

By focusing on better education and recruiting and retaining high-quality jobs, Governor Haslam is working to make Tennessee the best state in the country to live, work, and raise a family.

Tennessee ranks 2nd in the sou [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Business
Tennessee Business, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam has maintained a laser-like focus on improving Tennessee’s economy and recruiting and growing high-quality jobs for Tennesseans.

In just three and a half years, Governor Haslam has taken major steps to improve Tennessee’s business climate. His initiatives have included overhauling the state’s workers’ compensation system to bring clarity and fairness to the system for both the employee and employer, changing the state’s civil justice system to make Tennessee more competitive for new jobs with surrounding states by bringing predictability and certainty to businesses calculating potential litigation risk and cost, creating regional jobs base camps to coordinate local efforts and leverage existing assets, launching Jobs4TN.gov to provide a gateway for Tennesseans searching for employment to connect with businesses looking to hire, and creating the INCITE initiative to encourage private sector investment in our state’s small businesses.

As a result of Governor Haslam’s commitment to making Tennessee the no. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs, Tennessee’s unemployment rate has dropped from 9.6% in January 2011 to 7.4% today.

Shortly after taking office, Governor Haslam appointed a Tourism Taskforce to do a better job of coordinating and leveraging our assets across the state to attract more visitors and revenue to Tennessee. The Task Force created a first-ever statewide strategic plan to encourage visitors from around the country and the world to vacation in Tennessee, and the tourism industry is working together like never before. Governor Haslam also created Launch Tennessee, a public-private partnership dedicated to making Tennessee the no. 1 place in the Southeast to start and grow a small business, and developed an agribusiness strategic plan to encourage continued innovation in Tennessee’s agriculture industry.

By focusing on better education and recruiting and retaining high-quality jobs, Governor Haslam is working to make Tennessee the best state in the country to live, work, and raise a family.

Tennessee ranks 2nd in the sou [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Taxes
Tennessee Taxes, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam has worked with the General Assembly to reduce the tax burden on Tennesseans over the past four years: eliminating the Gift Tax, lowering the sales tax on food, lowering the burden of the Hall Income Tax on seniors, and phasing out the Death Tax.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Education
Tennessee Education, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam is committed to serious education reform to help ensure Tennessee’s workforce is prepared for the high-quality jobs of the future. We expect more of our students and teachers than we have in the past, and now is the time to provide the tools and resources necessary to build on our momentum in student achievement. While managing the state budget conservatively, Governor Haslam has increased education funding by more than $400 million, including more than $130 million for increased teacher pay.

In just three and a half years, Governor Haslam has expanded options for school choice, including removing caps and eliminating enrollment restrictions for charter schools and proposing a school voucher plan for low income students in low performing schools. He has led the fight for higher standards, reformed teacher tenure to better reflect classroom performance, implemented a leading edge evaluation system, and overhauled Tennessee’s school accountability statute. As a result, Tennessee has become the fastest improving state in the country, and in 2013 showed the largest academic growth of any state in a single testing cycle, ever.

“To remain economically competitive, at least 55% of Tennesseans have to have a certificate or degree beyond high school by the year 2025.” – Bill Haslam

Last year, Governor Haslam announced his “Drive to 55” initiative to raise the number of Tennesseans with post-high school certificates and degrees from 32% today to 55% by 2025. This level of preparedness is necessary to ensure a competitive workforce for the future. This year, Governor Haslam introduced the Tennessee Promise, an endowment to allow high school graduates to attend community college or a state college of applied technology, absolutely free of tuition and fees. The program includes a dedicated mentor for each student, and the best part is it doesn’t cost taxpayers anything. The Governor also established WGU-Tennessee, an online, regionally accredited non-profit university that targets adult students and offers high-demand undergraduate and graduate degree progra [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Improving Tennessee Education
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam is committed to serious education reform to help ensure Tennessee’s workforce is prepared for the high-quality jobs of the future. We expect more of our students and teachers than we have in the past, and now is the time to provide the tools and resources necessary to build on our momentum in student achievement. While managing the state budget conservatively, Governor Haslam has increased education funding by more than $400 million, including more than $130 million for increased teacher pay.

In just three and a half years, Governor Haslam has expanded options for school choice, including removing caps and eliminating enrollment restrictions for charter schools and proposing a school voucher plan for low income students in low performing schools. He has led the fight for higher standards, reformed teacher tenure to better reflect classroom performance, implemented a leading edge evaluation system, and overhauled Tennessee’s school accountability statute. As a result, Tennessee has become the fastest improving state in the country, and in 2013 showed the largest academic growth of any state in a single testing cycle, ever.

“To remain economically competitive, at least 55% of Tennesseans have to have a certificate or degree beyond high school by the year 2025.” – Bill Haslam

Last year, Governor Haslam announced his “Drive to 55” initiative to raise the number of Tennesseans with post-high school certificates and degrees from 32% today to 55% by 2025. This level of preparedness is necessary to ensure a competitive workforce for the future. This year, Governor Haslam introduced the Tennessee Promise, an endowment to allow high school graduates to attend community college or a state college of applied technology, absolutely free of tuition and fees. The program includes a dedicated mentor for each student, and the best part is it doesn’t cost taxpayers anything. The Governor also established WGU-Tennessee, an online, regionally accredited non-profit university that targets adult students and offers high-demand undergraduate and graduate degree progra [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Tennessee Higher Education
Bill Haslam

Last year, Governor Haslam announced his “Drive to 55” initiative to raise the number of Tennesseans with post-high school certificates and degrees from 32% today to 55% by 2025. This level of preparedness is necessary to ensure a competitive workforce for the future. This year, Governor Haslam introduced the Tennessee Promise, an endowment to allow high school graduates to attend community college or a state college of applied technology, absolutely free of tuition and fees. The program includes a dedicated mentor for each student, and the best part is it doesn’t cost taxpayers anything. The Governor also established WGU-Tennessee, an online, regionally accredited non-profit university that targets adult students and offers high-demand undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a time-flexible, competency-based environment, and the HOPE scholarship was adjusted to allow students to take summer courses to graduate sooner.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Health
Tennessee Health, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

A healthy Tennessee is a strong Tennessee, and Governor Haslam is committed to encouraging Tennesseans to make a personal decision to eat healthier and be more active.

Governor Haslam launched Healthier Tennessee through the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, a non-profit corporation dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives by eating more nutritious foods, being physically active, and not using tobacco products.

Governor Haslam also created a taskforce on aging to develop a strategic plan to better meet the needs of older Tennesseans and their families, and restructured the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet to develop a comprehensive strategy focused on children’s physical and mental health, education, safety and overall well-being, and coordinate, streamline and enhance Tennessee’s efforts in providing resources and services to children.

TennCare, our Medicaid program, is the largest single cost in the state budget. The federal government sought to force states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that unconstitutional. Instead of pursuing an expansion of TennCare, Governor Haslam has instead pursued a Tennessee Plan to use available federal dollars to purchase private health insurance for the working poor. The Tennessee Plan would allow for patient co-pays, healthy living incentives, and other personal responsibility measures. It would also include reforming the way providers are reimbursed, so that positive outcomes are rewarded and the state is paying for value and not just volume.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Improving Tennessee Health Care
Bill Haslam

A healthy Tennessee is a strong Tennessee, and Governor Haslam is committed to encouraging Tennesseans to make a personal decision to eat healthier and be more active.

Governor Haslam launched Healthier Tennessee through the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, a non-profit corporation dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives by eating more nutritious foods, being physically active, and not using tobacco products.

Governor Haslam also created a taskforce on aging to develop a strategic plan to better meet the needs of older Tennesseans and their families, and restructured the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet to develop a comprehensive strategy focused on children’s physical and mental health, education, safety and overall well-being, and coordinate, streamline and enhance Tennessee’s efforts in providing resources and services to children.

TennCare, our Medicaid program, is the largest single cost in the state budget. The federal government sought to force states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that unconstitutional. Instead of pursuing an expansion of TennCare, Governor Haslam has instead pursued a Tennessee Plan to use available federal dollars to purchase private health insurance for the working poor. The Tennessee Plan would allow for patient co-pays, healthy living incentives, and other personal responsibility measures. It would also include reforming the way providers are reimbursed, so that positive outcomes are rewarded and the state is paying for value and not just volume.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Medical
Tennessee Medicine, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

A healthy Tennessee is a strong Tennessee, and Governor Haslam is committed to encouraging Tennesseans to make a personal decision to eat healthier and be more active.

Governor Haslam launched Healthier Tennessee through the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, a non-profit corporation dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives by eating more nutritious foods, being physically active, and not using tobacco products.

Governor Haslam also created a taskforce on aging to develop a strategic plan to better meet the needs of older Tennesseans and their families, and restructured the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet to develop a comprehensive strategy focused on children’s physical and mental health, education, safety and overall well-being, and coordinate, streamline and enhance Tennessee’s efforts in providing resources and services to children.

TennCare, our Medicaid program, is the largest single cost in the state budget. The federal government sought to force states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that unconstitutional. Instead of pursuing an expansion of TennCare, Governor Haslam has instead pursued a Tennessee Plan to use available federal dollars to purchase private health insurance for the working poor. The Tennessee Plan would allow for patient co-pays, healthy living incentives, and other personal responsibility measures. It would also include reforming the way providers are reimbursed, so that positive outcomes are rewarded and the state is paying for value and not just volume.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Medical Insurance
Health Insurance, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

A healthy Tennessee is a strong Tennessee, and Governor Haslam is committed to encouraging Tennesseans to make a personal decision to eat healthier and be more active.

Governor Haslam launched Healthier Tennessee through the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, a non-profit corporation dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives by eating more nutritious foods, being physically active, and not using tobacco products.

Governor Haslam also created a taskforce on aging to develop a strategic plan to better meet the needs of older Tennesseans and their families, and restructured the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet to develop a comprehensive strategy focused on children’s physical and mental health, education, safety and overall well-being, and coordinate, streamline and enhance Tennessee’s efforts in providing resources and services to children.

TennCare, our Medicaid program, is the largest single cost in the state budget. The federal government sought to force states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that unconstitutional. Instead of pursuing an expansion of TennCare, Governor Haslam has instead pursued a Tennessee Plan to use available federal dollars to purchase private health insurance for the working poor. The Tennessee Plan would allow for patient co-pays, healthy living incentives, and other personal responsibility measures. It would also include reforming the way providers are reimbursed, so that positive outcomes are rewarded and the state is paying for value and not just volume.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Crime
Tennessee Crime, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Neighborhoods and communities are the keys to a healthy society, and their safety must be a top priority.

Governor Haslam established a public safety task force in 2011, and has actively implemented its recommendations, which are designed to reduce drug abuse and trafficking, curb violent crime, and cut the rate of repeat offenders.

Governor Haslam has worked with the General Assembly to fight the production of methamphetamine, mandate incarceration time for repeat domestic violence offenders, strengthen sentencing laws for gang-related crimes, and enhance penalties for felons with firearms. He also signed into law a bill banning synthetic drugs called bath salts.

Between 2012 and 2013, major violent crimes in Tennessee declined eight percent, major property crimes decreased 5.5 percent, domestic violence offenses went down 5.7 percent, and meth lab seizures decreased 9.3 percent.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Reducing Crime in Tennessee
Bill Haslam

Neighborhoods and communities are the keys to a healthy society, and their safety must be a top priority.

Governor Haslam established a public safety task force in 2011, and has actively implemented its recommendations, which are designed to reduce drug abuse and trafficking, curb violent crime, and cut the rate of repeat offenders.

Governor Haslam has worked with the General Assembly to fight the production of methamphetamine, mandate incarceration time for repeat domestic violence offenders, strengthen sentencing laws for gang-related crimes, and enhance penalties for felons with firearms. He also signed into law a bill banning synthetic drugs called bath salts.

Between 2012 and 2013, major violent crimes in Tennessee declined eight percent, major property crimes decreased 5.5 percent, domestic violence offenses went down 5.7 percent, and meth lab seizures decreased 9.3 percent.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Government
Tennessee State Government and Agencies, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam has always been committed to efficient and effective government. He believes state government’s job is to provide the best possible service at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers.

After being sworn in as Governor, Bill Haslam instructed each commissioner to conduct a Top-to-Bottom Review of his or her department to eliminate waste and reduce bureaucracy. Governor Haslam also established a Customer-Focused Government management system to provide efficient and effective service to Tennessee taxpayers. He overhauled the state’s antiquated employment system known as civil service and commissioned a salary survey to compare state government salaries to comparable positions in the private sector and local government, which resulted in market adjustments for 87% of state employees. Governor Haslam is transforming the culture of state government from a focus on seniority to a focus on performance.

Governor Haslam has worked with the General Assembly to reduce the tax burden on Tennesseans over the past four years: eliminating the Gift Tax, lowering the sales tax on food, lowering the burden of the Hall Income Tax on seniors, and phasing out the Death Tax.

Governor Haslam also passed the Tennessee Governmental Accountability Act, restructured the state’s procurement process, eliminated or restructured 23 boards and commissions including the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, and created a public dashboard to measure the state’s progress.

Tennessee has been named the 3rd best-managed state in the country by Barron’s Magazine.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Tennessee Government Reform, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam has always been committed to efficient and effective government. He believes state government’s job is to provide the best possible service at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers.

After being sworn in as Governor, Bill Haslam instructed each commissioner to conduct a Top-to-Bottom Review of his or her department to eliminate waste and reduce bureaucracy. Governor Haslam also established a Customer-Focused Government management system to provide efficient and effective service to Tennessee taxpayers. He overhauled the state’s antiquated employment system known as civil service and commissioned a salary survey to compare state government salaries to comparable positions in the private sector and local government, which resulted in market adjustments for 87% of state employees. Governor Haslam is transforming the culture of state government from a focus on seniority to a focus on performance.

Governor Haslam has worked with the General Assembly to reduce the tax burden on Tennesseans over the past four years: eliminating the Gift Tax, lowering the sales tax on food, lowering the burden of the Hall Income Tax on seniors, and phasing out the Death Tax.

Governor Haslam also passed the Tennessee Governmental Accountability Act, restructured the state’s procurement process, eliminated or restructured 23 boards and commissions including the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, and created a public dashboard to measure the state’s progress.

Tennessee has been named the 3rd best-managed state in the country by Barron’s Magazine.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Fiscal Policy
Tennessee Fiscal Policy, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam has worked with the General Assembly to reduce the tax burden on Tennesseans over the past four years: eliminating the Gift Tax, lowering the sales tax on food, lowering the burden of the Hall Income Tax on seniors, and phasing out the Death Tax.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Jobs
Tennessee Jobs, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam has maintained a laser-like focus on improving Tennessee’s economy and recruiting and growing high-quality jobs for Tennesseans.

In just three and a half years, Governor Haslam has taken major steps to improve Tennessee’s business climate. His initiatives have included overhauling the state’s workers’ compensation system to bring clarity and fairness to the system for both the employee and employer, changing the state’s civil justice system to make Tennessee more competitive for new jobs with surrounding states by bringing predictability and certainty to businesses calculating potential litigation risk and cost, creating regional jobs base camps to coordinate local efforts and leverage existing assets, launching Jobs4TN.gov to provide a gateway for Tennesseans searching for employment to connect with businesses looking to hire, and creating the INCITE initiative to encourage private sector investment in our state’s small businesses.

As a result of Governor Haslam’s commitment to making Tennessee the no. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs, Tennessee’s unemployment rate has dropped from 9.6% in January 2011 to 7.4% today.

Shortly after taking office, Governor Haslam appointed a Tourism Taskforce to do a better job of coordinating and leveraging our assets across the state to attract more visitors and revenue to Tennessee. The Task Force created a first-ever statewide strategic plan to encourage visitors from around the country and the world to vacation in Tennessee, and the tourism industry is working together like never before. Governor Haslam also created Launch Tennessee, a public-private partnership dedicated to making Tennessee the no. 1 place in the Southeast to start and grow a small business, and developed an agribusiness strategic plan to encourage continued innovation in Tennessee’s agriculture industry.

By focusing on better education and recruiting and retaining high-quality jobs, Governor Haslam is working to make Tennessee the best state in the country to live, work, and raise a family.

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Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

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