We were thrilled to welcome our Spring Hill state representatives to our September luncheon, along with approximately 80 in person attendees. Special thanks to the UAW for allowing us to use their facility and to First Bank for sponsoring our 2nd Legislative luncheon. Our members were able to get key updates from Senate majority leader Jack Johnson, Senator Joey Hensley, Representative Glen Casada, Representative Sam Whitson and Representative Scott Cepicky. We appreciate their leadership to ensure that Spring Hill is well represented on the Hill and to keep Tennessee business friendly.
Some key takeaways
The Economic Recovery Group, a public-private partnership established by Governor Lee, acted quickly to get businesses the support they needed.
The state never had to dip into the rainy-day fund during the pandemic and taxes were not raised. TN is the healthiest financial state in the country which has allowed TN to weather the pandemic well, unlike several other states.
The Safe Harbor Act was passed to protect businesses from unsupported legal claims associated with COVID-19 and for choosing to comply with public health guidelines.
Unemployment rates continue to drop after the record peak seen during the height of the pandemic. We are moving in the right direction for successfully placing the unemployed and putting an end to the additional unemployment benefits.
TDOT projects are moving strong and Spring Hill will continue to see many projects, including the Buckner/I-65 interchange, 31 widening and the completion of the Saturn Pkwy extension. The Duplex project was a long project but it is now complete.
Telehealth legislation was passed earlier than expected to increase access to ongoing medical attention during the pandemic.
Education state-wide has improved over the past 10 years but the goal is to be #1. K-3rd grade literacy is a high priority since it leads to greater probability for a life-time of success, better opportunities for students, and potentially decreasing tax dollars needed for other areas.
The pandemic has forced the General Assembly to revisit Executive Order processes.
2021 expectations- no increase in taxes, continued commitment to improve our state ranking in education and no increase in regulations for businesses.
We appreciate the time our leaders spent with us and we look forward to seeing them again soon as we continue to safely host more in person events. You can join us next month at our October State of the Schools luncheon to learn more from our education partners in our community. Details can be found at www.springhillchamber.com
- Rebecca Melton, Executive Director, Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce