State of Tennessee Archives: on Budget & Economy
Economic development statewide instead of just Nashville
Karl Dean, the former mayor of Nashville, says if he's elected governor, he would turn his economic development efforts far outside the city limits. Dean says folks in West Tennessee and parts of Memphis feel a bit left out as the state's capital city
boasts low unemployment and a booming real estate market. "We need to really focus on the areas that have not had the same success that Nashville has had," Dean says. "People are happy for Nashville. They're proud of Nashville, but at the same time,
they want something to happen in their communities too."
The state-owned industrial site in West Tennessee, for example, still hasn't landed a tenant. Dean says he would make that a priority. "When you go to rural counties and the only job news has
been companies closing or companies moving out, or if you go there and their biggest concern is that none of their kids are returning, that there are no jobs for them in the future, those are things we need to address," he says.
Source: Nashville Public Radio on 2018 Tennessee gubernatorial race
Apr 19, 2017
Oppose tax-and-spend policies, as well as over-regulation
Creating Jobs: As a small businessman, I understand the importance of having an environment that allows job creators to create and grow businesses.
President Obama's tax-and-spend policies, as well as over-regulation, have prevented our economy from making a true comeback. I will fight for lower taxes, a balanced budget, and an economy that puts Americans first.
Source: 2016 Tennessee House campaign website KustoffForCongress.com
Nov 8, 2016
Balanced budget amendment to restore fiscal discipline
America is still recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression and still facing a jobs crisis. At the same time, our rising debt threatens America's ability to pursue our priorities and to respond to such crises.
I'm for a constitutional amendment that would require the federal government to balance its budget and restore fiscal discipline in Washington.
Source: 2014 Tennessee Senate campaign website, GordonBallSenate.com
Aug 7, 2014
Balance budget without education cuts & tax decrease
In talking about the budget, it's also important to talk about what we did not do to balance the budget the past two years. We didn't raise taxes. In fact, we lowered them.
We are also providing tax relief for low-income seniors, veterans and the disabled by fully funding the growth of the property tax relief program.
Another important thing we did not do to balance the budget was to cut education funding.
Not only did we not cut funding, we had the second largest increase in state K-12 expenditures of all 50 states in fiscal year 2012. I'm not sure that Tennessee has ever been able to say that before.
The average increase was nearly 3 percent. Ours grew almost 12 percent in state education funding. Education is another example of how in Tennessee we're distinguishing ourselves as different from the rest of the country.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Tennessee legislature
Jan 28, 2013
Adjust our expenses to match our income, like family budget
My goal throughout this recession has been to remain true to the principle of the "family budget" that I talked about when I first became governor. It's nothing more than the commonsense idea that we're going to adjust our expenses to match our income,
and we're going to be very careful about using money from our savings account. It's the way sensible families have to manage through these times, and while the numbers for state government are much larger than for any family, the principle is the same.
Source: Tennessee 2010 State of the State Address
Feb 1, 2010
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