Tennesseans for Economic Growth is a not-for-profit group organized by people from all across Tennessee who have the goal of attracting more jobs and better communities in our state. The first, second and third priorities of TEG are jobs, jobs, jobs. With more jobs and better jobs, the communities of Tennessee will prosper. Better jobs lead to better lives for those in the work force now, and for our children and grandchildren’s chances of finding rewarding work in their home state.
TEG organized in such a way that its members can work with Governor Haslam and our state legislators on enacting policies and laws that make it possible for Tennessee to keep the jobs it has and produce even more jobs. Contributions are welcome and will be used for research, advocacy and policy influence that will further the jobs agenda. Because of the advocacy nature of TEG, contributions are not tax-deductible.
Over the long term, TEG has plans to speak out on a variety of public issues that impact job creation and economic growth in Tennessee. TEG’s first project is joining Governor Haslam in an effort to reform Tennessee’s civil justice system. And there is a great need for reform, as evidenced by the more than 70 trade organizations and professional groups who support the goals of the coalition.
We currently have a civil justice system that can put a small business OUT of business because of one accident or incident. That’s because there is currently no limit on the so-called non-economic damages that may be awarded to someone who files suit after an accident.
TEG believes in full access to the court system by everyone, and in fully compensating all the medical expenses incurred by those who have been injured, including punitive damages in those cases where appropriate. But putting a limit on non-economic damages will be a signal to existing and prospective businesses that Tennessee is a job-friendly state, which has a reasonable and predictable system of civil justice.
For further information, please contact
TEG Executive Director Doug Buttrey
John Van Mol