NFIB members across the state heard from Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell and House Majority Leader Glen Casada at NFIB/Tennessee’s Small Business Day at the Capitol. AT&T, Delta Dental of Tennessee, Elliott Davis Decosimo and TitleMax sponsored the annual event, held this year at the Waller Law Firm.
Casada spent much of his presentation discussing how Tennessee has become a great state in which to own and operate a business. “Tennessee is the place to come run a business and raise a family,” he said.
Casada also updated the group on the status of various transportation funding proposals, saying he will get behind any of at least four plans that could emerge from the House. “I’m for something,” he said, which drew a big laugh from the audience of about 80 entrepreneurs.
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Leader Casada: Contact your legislators
Speaker Harwell and Lt. Gov. McNally praised NFIB for its ongoing efforts on the states-led effort to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Both also noted NFIB’s efforts to encourage the legislature to review excessive licensing requirements, as mandated by last year’s Right to Earn a Living Act.
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McNally also said NFIB’s support of Senate Bill 262 by Sen. Jack Johnson (Franklin) is the kind of legislation that will continue to help Tennessee be a great place to own a business for years to come. The bill says local governments cannot require well-intended but harmful “predictive scheduling” requirements on businesses, which has passed in Seattle and San Francisco and is being debated in about a dozen states.
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Members of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association also had their Day on the Hill, joining NFIB members for several events during the day and evening.