Unfinished Business

The 2015 session of the Tennessee General Assembly adjourned two weeks ago today, but much of the legislature's work was left unfinished.
 
Insure Tennessee The biggest failure of the legislature was neglecting to pass the governor's Insure Tennessee plan. One committee voted to advance the proposal, and one committee voted against it. But most legislators didn't vote on Insure Tennessee one way or the other. Drawing down federal funds to expand health coverage to nearly 300,000 Tennesseans is a no-brainer that would improve our economy and our health. Moving past politics and doing the right thing on health care must be Priority #1 as we prepare for the 2016 session.
 
Tuition equality Allowing lawfully present immigrants to pay in-state tuition passed with an overwhelming margin in the Senate, but came up one vote short in the House. I joined Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire as a co-sponsor of this legislation, which will hopefully become law next year to provide meaningful opportunities to new Americans making their home in Tennessee.
 
Education funding Tennessee is ranked 48th in education dollars per student. We began closing that gap this year with $170 million in new education funding. This is a good start, but to meet the Governor's objective of having the fastest increases in teacher salaries − as well as to meet our moral and constitutional obligations to provide adequately for our students − more work will have to be done. A proposal that would have diverted millions of public school dollars to an ill-conceived private school voucher program was defeated, but that fight will likely continue.
 
Women's rights Following the narrow passage of Amendment 1, the legislature enacted a series of legislative hurdles to reproductive rights and rejected common sense exceptions for women who become pregnant through rape or incest. The Senate also eliminated the Tennessee Economic Council for Women, despite the fact that women in Tennessee are far more likely than men to live in poverty or work in minimum wage jobs. Next session, we will have to work hard to achieve more steps forward and fewer steps back for women.

The good news

Despite a session focused more on naming an official state book and official state sniper rifle than addressing the critical issues facing the state, the legislature managed to pass some meaningful and beneficial legislation.

 

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Election Night Watch Party!

Join the Yarbro Team to watch the election night results as vote totals are reported. Must be 21 or over to attend.

At M.L. Rose West (4408 Charlotte Ave)

Tuesday, November 4

6-10pm

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A problem solver who gets results for Nashville's children

 

_MG_7859.jpgJeff Yarbro knows how to tackle tough problems and get results.

As a longtime public school volunteer, Jeff has engaged parents and community leaders to improve our schools and expand college access. He has:

  • Helped create a nationally recognized college and career program that expands opportunities for MNPS high school students.
  • Secured counseling and tutoring for disadvantaged students by helping to bring Communities in Schools to Nashville.
  • Served as a founding board member for East End Prep Elementary School.
  • Successfully fought for free bus rides for our high school students.
  • Been recognized as MNPS Volunteer of the Year.

As State Senator, Jeff will support our teachers and expand pre-K to ensure our children start school ready to learn. As the parent of a MNPS kindergartener, Jeff is committed to schools that don't teach to the test but foster curiosity and maximize all of our students' potential.

Vote for new leadership and new direction for the Tennessee State Senate.  

 

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Early Voting Begins Next Week!

Early Voting for the November 4 general election begins Wednesday!

Make your plan to vote

  • Early Voting begins at the Howard Office Building (700 Second Avenue S) on Wednesday, October 15 and continues through Thursday, October 30. Click here for a complete list of Early Voting times and locations.
  • Click here for a sample ballot for the general election.

Make your plan to help

Finally, the most important part of this campaign is what happens after Election Day. We hope that you'll visit our website and share your ideas. Take a minute to post your policy proposals, your suggestions for what the legislature's priorities should be, or your ideas for making our state government more responsive and accountable.

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