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Business, Free Enterprise and Constitutional Issues; Pro-Life and Pro Second Amendment. Susan Lynn is a member of the Tennessee General Assembly. She serves as Chairman of the Consumer and Human Resources subcommittee and on the Finance Ways and Means Committee. She holds a BS in economics and a minor in history.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Speaker Harwell Communication on Proposed Metro Ordinances

Speaker Beth Harwell has just shared developing news with members regarding Metro's attempt to create a sanctuary city. The Speaker included the legal opinion which clearly says that the Metro Council's ordinance, if passed, cannot affect the Sheriff's duties - read it here; https://tinyurl.com/yawddqyx
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THE SPEAKERS COMMUNICATION TO THE MEMBERS
Members,
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Many of you are concerned about Metro Nashville’s proposed ordinance concerning immigration enforcement, and I want to share an update with you. Since last week, I have been talking to Metro Sheriff Daron Hall and Metro Council members opposed to the measure. At their request, Senator Tracy and I requested an Attorney General’s opinion.
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Today, I am pleased that Metro Legal Director Jon Cooper released an opinion stating that the ordinance is not enforceable. I have attached a copy of the opinion for your review.
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The Tennessean’s story on this development is online at: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/06/27/nashville-immigration-ordinance-not-enforceable-metro-attorney-says/431407001/
It includes my comments:
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I strongly concur with Metro’s legal director, Jon Cooper. Sheriff Daron Hall’s powers cannot be restricted by the Metro Council. The sheriff is a state constitutional officer, and his duties are prescribed by the General Assembly. Our local, state, and federal law enforcement officials must be able to work together to keep our children, families, and communities safe, and I will make sure they have the power to do that.
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I will keep you posted on this issue. Thank you for working together to address this issue.
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Beth

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lynn Calls Out Pettiness of Opponent

I don't generally acknowledge the pettiness of opponents however today I probably need to say something.
My opponent sent a press release to the fake newspaper the Tennessee Star today condemning me for not signing on to a group press release by some legislators that condemned the Metro Council for their attempt to turn Nashville into a sanctuary city.
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However, Rep. Kevin Brooks and I issued much stronger press release of our own on Monday strongly condemning Metro's attempt to create a sanctuary city; https://tinyurl.com/ybdpo6gw
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The reason Rep. Kevin Brooks and I didn't sign-on to the group press release is because it wasn't very strong - for instance, they wrote "We implore you..." in the letter to the Metro Council. Well to implore is "to beg" or "to plead". Rep. Brooks and I felt that it is totally inappropriate for state legislators to beg the Metro Council not to pass the ordinances. We requested edits to change this wording yesterday morning to make the press release stronger but were turned down.
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Request for edits https://tinyurl.com/y8evpwe3
Request turned down https://tinyurl.com/y7ytldg8
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Rep Brooks noticed this morning that the Star wrote about the other legislators press release but not ours. His sixth sense felt that we should notify the Star of our press release which went out earlier than the group press release so he telephoned me. I agreed and we notified the Star this morning, and asked to be included in their article. https://tinyurl.com/ydcag354.  However, so far we have been ignored.
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Now the fake news Star has published an attempt by my opponent to zing me which he submitted to the Star some time today - he mistakenly calls me out for not standing up against Metro.
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My father's wise words come to mind regarding my opponent's petty actions; my father always said "If you are going to say something publicly, you had better be right!"
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Opponent - do your homework first.

Email to Fake News at 8:30 am

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Email Where Rep. Brooks and my Edits Were Turned Down

Email Where Rep. Brooks and my Edits Were Turned Down
So we issued our own press release opposing the metro Sanctuary city ordinances

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Requested Edits to Matheny/Butt Press Release

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FULL TEXT OF MY EMAIL REQUESTING TO MAKE THE PRESS RELEASE STRONGER

Dear Jan,

I would like to request a couple of changes and the correction of a typo.  

I personally do not like the use of the word "implore" at the end of this resolution, and I request that it be changed in order to strengthen the last line.  The word implore means to beg, to plead or to pray.  I feel that the word implore is inappropriate for this letter. 

I propose to strengthen the last sentence to say something like;  

In conclusion, as members of the 110th General Assembly, we are writing to make you aware that if enacted, these resolutions are in clear violation of state law.  Further, state law grants citizens legal recourse against Nashville.  Finally, the Counsel can be assured that we, the co-signing members of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly, will take this matter up in the next half of the 110th General Assembly with the intent to strengthen the law. 

Also, there is a typo - "the proposed Resolutions are in violations"  it should read "in violation" 


I will never forget the Wilson's, a couple from Mt. Juliet who was killed by an illegal alien with 14 priors.  In order to give a relevant example from Tennessee I offer the​ paragraph below.

On June 8, 2006, Gustavo Reyes Garcia an illegal alien who had fourteen previous arrests, including four DUIs, slammed his SUV into a sedan driven by Sean and Donna Wilson of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., killing them both. At the time of the accident Mr. Wilson was driving Mrs. Wilson to her chemotherapy appointment.  This tragedy was the catalyst to finally end the issuance of drivers licenses to illegal aliens in Tennessee.  
Thank you everyone,

Susan Lynn












From: Jan Kirk Wright
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2017 8:53 AM
To: Andrew Farmer; Andy Holt; Art Swann; Barry Doss; Beth Harwell; Bill Dunn; Bill Sanderson; Bob Ramsey; Bryan Terry; Bud Hulsey; Cameron Sexton; Charles Sargent; Courtney Rogers; Curtis Halford; Curtis Johnson; Dale Carr; Dan Howell; David Alexander; David Byrd; David Hawk; Dawn White; Debra Moody; Dennis Powers; Eddie Smith; Gary Hicks; Gerald McCormick; Glen Casada; Harry Brooks; Jason Zachary; Jay D. Reedy; Jeremy Faison; Jerry Sexton; Jim Coley; Jimmy Eldridge; Jimmy Matlock; John B. Holsclaw, Jr.; John Crawford; John Forgety; John Ragan; Judd Matheny; Kelly Keisling; Kent Calfee; Kevin Brooks; Marc Gravitt; Mark Pody; Mark White; Martin Daniel; Mary Littleton; Matthew Hill; Micah Van Huss; Michael Curcio; Mike Carter; Mike Sparks; Pat Marsh; Paul Sherrell; Rick Tillis; Roger Kane; Ron Gant; Ron Lollar; Ron Travis; Ryan Williams; Sabi Kumar; Sam Whitson; Sheila Butt; Steve McDaniel; Susan Lynn; Terri Lynn Weaver; Tilman Goins; Tim Rudd; Tim Wirgau; Timothy Hill; William Lamberth; Rick Tillis; Kevin Vaughan
Subject: Urgent Sanctuary Press Release- we need you

Good Morning Colleagues,

Representatives Judd Matheny, Bryan Terry and I have drafted this Press Release and currently have 23 Members committed to being named in this press release as supporters. If you want to be named in this press release (see attached) then my assistant Jan must have your signature stating you want to be named by 3.30 pm this afternoon.

We hope you will all read this press release and take the opportunity to join with us in alerting citizens and informing Metro and Davidson County that the General Assembly has no intention of allowing Nashville to become a Sanctuary City. It is our duty to protect our citizens and our state.

Please add your signature through your office by (today) Monday 3.30 pm and the press release will go out immediately following. Again, your signature will not be in the press release, this just allows us to use your name in the press release.

Thank you so much. It is an honor serving with you.

My Best, Sheila Butt




House of Representatives
State of Tennessee



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2017
Representative Judd Matheny-rep.judd.matheny@capitol.tn.gov (615-741-7448)
Representative Sheila Butt- rep.sheila.butt@capitol.tn.gov (615-741-3005)
Representative Bryan Terry- rep.bryan.terry@capitol.tn.gov (615-741-2180)



Republican Lawmakers Call For Metro Council Not To Enact Sanctuary City Ordinances
(NASHVILLE) — With the Second Reading of the Ordinances filed by Metro Councilmen Bob Mendes and Colby Sledge having passed and a vote pending from the Metro Council, we are compelled to make public the intent and purposes of this Ordinance and to make it known that as Representatives of the State of Tennessee, we soundly object to their their passage. Tennessee is currently being represented by the Thomas More Law Center in a lawsuit questioning the ongoing practice of settling refugees in Tennessee through various non-governmental organizations without the proper vetting, channels or protocol being followed.

The Ordinances would formally put policies in place that would officially make Nashville a Sanctuary City.

In essence, the Ordinances would:

1)     Prohibit Metro Nashville employees from inquiring into anyone's immigration status, effectively enabling illegal aliens to access public benefits they would otherwise be barred from using. This practice is not in line with State and Federal law and would a huge financial strain on our public benefit services and budgets.

2)        Prohibit Metro Council from continuing a contractual arrangement with the U.S. Marshals Service that enables the Davidson County jail to detain illegal criminal aliens for ICE pick-up, and would "require Metro to exercise its rights to terminate the contract, and negotiate new terms subject to Council approval." The Council could decide not to renew any contract that allows for compliance with ICE detainers.

While other states list crimes (generally those with acts of violence involving a weapon, anything involving terror, or any major drug offenses to name a few) that trigger cooperation with ICE detainers leading to deportation, the Metro Ordinance of Mendes would allow illegal immigrants who commit all types of crimes, without exception, to be released back into our communities instead of facing possible deportation by ICE.

Tennessee Code Annotated Section 7-68-103 states:

(a) A local governmental entity or official shall not adopt any ordinance or written policy that expressly prohibits a local governmental entity, official, or employee from complying with applicable federal law pertaining to persons that reside within the state illegally.

(b) An official shall not materially interfere with the ability of a local governmental entity, official or employee of a municipality or a county to comply with applicable federal law pertaining to persons that reside within the state illegally.

These proposed ordinances would be a clear violation of Tennessee law and it is our intent as legislators to protect the safety of all Tennesseans to the greatest extent. After the murder of Kate Steinle in California by an illegal immigrant who had already been convicted of seven felonies and deported five times, we should be actively encouraging our law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration authorities involving illegal aliens who commit crimes.

The proposed Ordinances are violations of current law and place Tennesseans at risk. The citizens of Nashville and Metro Davidson County should contact their Councilmen immediately and request that their respective Representatives vote NO on these two Ordinances. The passage of these ordinances may empower additional liberal enclaves to follow suit. It is important for Tennessee to take the lead in solving this issue now.

It is entrusted to the General Assembly to keep the citizens of our state safe, keep Tennessee financially sound, and to enact laws that will accomplish that end. We will not hesitate to act if these Ordinances should pass.

The following members of the TN General Assembly implore you NOT  to not pass this ordinance,  (23 members have added signatures to this press release)______________________________________________________________________






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Email Press Release on 6/26

Press Release Sent by Email on June 26 at 3:11 PM



Full text of above press release


House of Representatives
State of Tennessee



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2017
State Representative Susan Lynn 

 Wilson County Representative Expresses Strong Opposition to Metro Council Sanctuary City Ordinances

(NASHVILLE) — Representative Susan Lynn today expressed her disapproval of two ordinances proposed by Metro Councilmen Bob Mendes and Colby Sledge.  The ordinances would in effect make Nashville a sanctuary city.  “In 2009, the state legislature made it clear that sanctuary cities are prohibited in Tennessee. I voted for that law, and now some on the Metro Council are attempting to violate state law and greatly endanger our citizens.” Stated Lynn.

The Metro Resolutions have passed 2nd reading, a third vote of approval would mean that they become city ordinance.  “The Sheriff of Davidson County is a Constitutional officer and as such he does not take direction from the Metro Councilmen on which laws to enforce – he has to enforce all of the laws. What I strongly object to is the intent to endanger the citizens.  Every night gang members cross the county-line and commit crimes in outer counties such as my district.  The councilmen would make this problem worse and I do not appreciate that.”  Lynn stated.

The first ordinance seeks to prohibit Metro Nashville employees from inquiring into the immigration status of anyone seeking services or for other reasons – this would be in violation of state law.  It could allow illegal aliens to access public benefits to which they are not entitled.  

A second ordinance would seek to end Metro’s agreement to cooperate with ICE detainers.  The intent is for the Davidson County jail to no longer detain illegal criminal aliens for ICE pick-up which Lynn believes would pose a huge danger to the community. 

Such non-cooperation is prohibited in TCA 7-68-103.  The law states that local governments are prohibited from adopting any ordinance that prohibits a local government or employee from complying with federal law pertaining to persons who reside within the state illegally.  It also prohibits interference with local government, an official or an employee who is attempting to comply with federal law pertaining to persons that reside within the state illegally.

In 2006, Gustavo Reyes Garcia, an illegal alien who had fourteen previous arrests, including four DUIs, slammed his SUV into a sedan driven by Sean and Donna Wilson of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., killing them both. At the time of the accident Mr. Wilson was driving Mrs. Wilson to her chemotherapy appointment.  Lynn recalls that this tragedy was a catalyst to finally end the issuance of drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens in Tennessee, and for the creation of other laws such as the sanctuary cities law.  

“I want to make the members of the Metro Council aware of the very real dangers and horrible impact such ordinances, if obeyed, could have on the lives of citizens. If enacted, these resolutions are in clear violation of state law.  Further, state law grants citizens’ legal recourse against Nashville.  Finally, the Counsel can be assured that I along with other members of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly, will take this matter up in January when the legislature reconvenes.”
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Lynn Expresses Strong Opposition to Metro Council Sanctuary City Ordinances

House of Representatives
State of Tennessee



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2017
State Representative Susan Lynn 

 Wilson County Representative Expresses Strong Opposition to Metro Council Sanctuary City Ordinances

(NASHVILLE) — Representative Susan Lynn today expressed her disapproval of two ordinances proposed by Metro Councilmen Bob Mendes and Colby Sledge.  The ordinances would in effect make Nashville a sanctuary city.  “In 2009, the state legislature made it clear that sanctuary cities are prohibited in Tennessee. I voted for that law, and now some on the Metro Council are attempting to violate state law and greatly endanger our citizens.” Stated Lynn.

The Metro Resolutions have passed 2nd reading, a third vote of approval would mean that they become city ordinance.  “The Sheriff of Davidson County is a Constitutional officer and as such he does not take direction from the Metro Councilmen on which laws to enforce – he has to enforce all of the laws. What I strongly object to is the intent to endanger the citizens.  Every night gang members cross the county-line and commit crimes in outer counties such as my district.  The councilmen would make this problem worse and I do not appreciate that.”  Lynn stated.

The first ordinance seeks to prohibit Metro Nashville employees from inquiring into the immigration status of anyone seeking services or for other reasons – this would be in violation of state law.  It could allow illegal aliens to access public benefits to which they are not entitled.  

A second ordinance would seek to end Metro’s agreement to cooperate with ICE detainers.  The intent is for the Davidson County jail to no longer detain illegal criminal aliens for ICE pick-up which Lynn believes would pose a huge danger to the community. 

Such non-cooperation is prohibited in TCA 7-68-103.  The law states that local governments are prohibited from adopting any ordinance that prohibits a local government or employee from complying with federal law pertaining to persons who reside within the state illegally.  It also prohibits interference with local government, an official or an employee who is attempting to comply with federal law pertaining to persons that reside within the state illegally.

In 2006, Gustavo Reyes Garcia, an illegal alien who had fourteen previous arrests, including four DUIs, slammed his SUV into a sedan driven by Sean and Donna Wilson of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., killing them both. At the time of the accident Mr. Wilson was driving Mrs. Wilson to her chemotherapy appointment.  Lynn recalls that this tragedy was a catalyst to finally end the issuance of drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens in Tennessee, and for the creation of other laws such as the sanctuary cities law.  

“I want to make the members of the Metro Council aware of the very real dangers and horrible impact such ordinances, if obeyed, could have on the lives of citizens. If enacted, these resolutions are in clear violation of state law.  Further, state law grants citizens’ legal recourse against Nashville.  Finally, the Counsel can be assured that I along with other members of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly, will take this matter up in January when the legislature reconvenes.”
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Help for Families Of First Responders Killed In The Line Of Duty

(NASHVILLE) — Legislation to help the families of first responders killed in the line of duty is on the Governor's desk. Sponsored by State Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) the legislation will allow the family to remain on the deceased health insurance policy for two years after the hero's death. Currently TBI may stay on for six months. 
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Lynn credits the origin of the idea to the Wilson County Sheriff's Office Police Officer Memorial Service last summer where she shared her family's story of loss. Under House Bill 466, spouses and children of full-time police officers, firefighters and other first responders who are killed in the line of duty will receive health benefits for a period of two years following the death of their loved one. Family members of fallen Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) officers would also be covered under this legislation.
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"The bill has a very small fiscal note because thankfully, not many lose their lives in service to their communities but for the families of those who do, and as someone whose family lost two police officers in the line of duty long ago when there was no widow's pension, I know the tremendous difficulties the survivors face after their hero's death. This legislation is meant to ease the family's transition after the loss of their loved one who has sacrificed all for the community." Stated Rep. Lynn.
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The full text of the bill can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0466.pdf.
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The General Assembly also passed a bill to increase the life insurance for police officers killed in the line of duty from $50,000 to $250,000 paid over five years.
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Susan Lynn serves as the Chair of the House Consumer Human Resources Subcommittee. Lynn is also a member of the House Consumer; Human Resources, House Finance, Ways & Means and the House Ethics Committee, as well as the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. Lynn can be reached by email at Rep.Susan.Lynn@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7462.


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NRA Comments Tennessee General Assembly for 2017 Session

Tennessee: General Assembly Adjourns from its 2017 Legislative Session

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017

The first year of Tennessee’s 110th General Assembly session adjourned today with many pro-gun victories.  Those bills passed by the General Assembly include:
House Bill 508 and Senate Bill 445sponsored by state Senator John Stevens and state Representative William Lamberth, would create a private cause of action for a party that is adversely affected by a local ordinance, resolution, policy, rule, or other enactment on firearms preempted by state law.  This bill would prohibit local government entities from prohibiting or restricting firearms on local property unless certain security conditions are met.  Law-abiding citizens should not be placed in jeopardy of unintentionally violating local restrictions simply because they have crossed from one municipality to another.  Gun owners continue to be unduly burdened by local ordinances which violate the current state firearm preemption law.
House Bill 752 and Senate Bill 983sponsored by state Senator Dolores Gresham and state Representative Tilman Goins, would allow a person, who is granted an order of protection and who is not otherwise a prohibited person according to state or federal law, to immediately carry a firearm after the initial order of protection is issued.  Within 21 calendar days, the petitioner is required to go through an expedited process at the DMV for a background check and will then be issued a temporary permit for an additional 60 days.  This would allow a person under an order of protection to exercise his or her right to self-defense while allowing time to complete the Tennessee handgun carry permit process.
House Bill 27 and Senate Bill 24, sponsored by Representative Timothy Hill (R-3) and Senator Mark Green (R-22), would exempt active-duty military service members and veterans who have specialties as military police, special operations, or Special Forces from concealed carry permit firing range requirements.
Senate Bill 1339 and House Bill 688, sponsored by Senator Paul Bailey (R-15) and state Representative James Van Huss (R-6), would allow a person to possess or carry a firearm, loaded or unloaded, in a motorized boat.
Senate Bill 1077 and House Bill 995, sponsored by Senator John Lundberg and Representative Dawn White, clarifies that when public property is “used” by a school where firearms could be prohibited. This legislation requires students to be present and the activity to be a school-sanctioned event.  This would prohibit situations where schools may be storing athletic equipment in local parks and claiming that the park is being “used” by the school. 
Additionally, your NRA-ILA fought hard against more than a dozen anti-gun bills that did not move through the legislative process.  A couple of the more extreme bills that aimed to infringe on your rights, including:
House Bill 961 and Senate Bill 670, sponsored by Representative Johnnie Turner (D-85) and Senator Lee Harris, would allow the issuance of a temporary order of protection preventing a person to possess a firearm based on a law enforcement officer’s judgement that the person is a danger to another person.  This bill would violate your right to due process. 
House Bill 962 and Senate Bill 671, sponsored by Representative Harold M. Love, Jr. (D-58) and Senator Lee Harris (D-29), would create within the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations a voluntary "Do Not Sell" firearm registry, making it a criminal offense of transferring a firearm to anyone on the registry.
House Bill 1319 and Senate Bill 1097, sponsored by Representative Mike Stewart (D-52) and Senator Sara Kyle (D-30), would criminalize the private transfer of a firearm by requiring any sale or transfer to be done only through a federally licensed gun dealer with limited exceptions.
Thank you to those NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted their legislators in support of these important pro-gun bills.  Also, thank you to those legislators who supported our Second Amendment rights and right to self-defense in Tennessee.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

The Tiff Over TIF's

Last week in the House there was a huge tiff over TIF financing (TIF stands for Tax Increment Financing). 

This tiff made me dig into my archive of government principles that I have collected over the years from great thinkers such as Cicero, Adam Smith and others.  

Here is what I found in my notes on the principles of taxation – namely what are legitimate reasons for the state to tax citizens with a few added comments of my own.

The duties of a government, as enumerated by Adam Smith in the Wealth of Nations:

1.      “To guard against foreign aggression.” Smith explains in part I that “the sovereign/commonwealth needs revenue to finance a standing army.”  This is a role of the federal not state government but who does not totally agree with Smith that this is the first role of government?  

2.      “To secure against fraud or violence.”  We do this with laws, the police agencies, several state agencies and also with our a system of justice (the courts).

3.      “To maintain public projects which private individuals cannot support with profit.”  Thus revenue for paying for infrastructure (“public works and institutions/projects to facilitate commerce”) such as roads and bridges and other projects.

a.      Years after Smith wrote about public projects Scottish classical economist JR McCulloch wrote;

                                                i.     "Governments have, therefore, precisely the same interest as their subjects in facilitating production, inasmuch as its increased facility affords the means of adding to the quantity of produce at their disposal,without really adding to the 
weight of taxation; whereas, on the contrary, a diminished facility of production must either diminish in an equal degree 
the produce appropriated by government, or compel it to lay heavier burdens on its subjects."

1.      Today, ECD infrastructure grants would seem to support this concept – e.g. ECD grants might re-enforce bridges so that truck traffic can safely cross over, or install water lines where none exist, or pay for high tension electric lines, communications and internet. 

2.      TIF funding might also counted in this category.  Note that “without really adding to the weight of taxation” is a principle for such use of tax money.  Thus, in the TIF concept, an authority is formed by government which constructs a facility that businesses will use and which otherwise would not have existed.  The sales taxes derived from the businesses in the facility are solely used to pay back the authority for the construction of the facility until the cost is fully recouped. After recoupment of the cost of the building, the sales taxes no longer go to the authority but stay in the General Fund.  In the end, without the TIF, neither the building nor the businesses would exist in their location, neither would the taxes be generated.  With the TIF, once the taxes pay-off the project, the tax revenue adds to the General Fund.  An additional benefit of a TIF is the wider economic impact of the project such as support businesses to the businesses who use the TIF project, the potential for added tourism and the improved status of the surrounding community.  Of course, every TIF project must be evaluated on its own merit for payback, potential revenue generation and economic impact.

4.           “To maintain public institutions which private individuals cannot support with profit; institutions for the education of the youth and for the instruction of peoples of all ages.” 

   a.      E.g. K-12 schools, colleges, libraries, museums and archives would fall into this category.

5.      “Expenses of supporting the dignity of the sovereign.”  This too is Smith’s language – we do not have a sovereign but we do pay our elected officials, state employees and maintain decent offices in which they can work and we create decent working conditions. 
Note that Smith doesn’t include caring for the poor.  The church and charities supported by the wealthy and the good did such works.  He also doesn’t include paying the ordinary expenses of life, nor the repricing of goods and services considered by some to be incorrectly priced by the market, nor does he include the redistribution of income and wealth.  Those are contemporary, liberal, socialist economic concepts. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Representative Susan Lynn Officially Sworn In; Reappointed Chairman Of House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee

(NASHVILLE) — The House of Representatives officially gaveled into session this week in Nashville, marking the beginning of the 110th General Assembly. As part of the opening day ceremonies, State Representative Susan Lynn (R–Mt. Juliet) took the oath of office and was officially sworn-in to the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Representative Lynn was reappointed as Chairman of the important House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee by Speaker Beth Harwell. The Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee reviews legislation dealing with consumer protection laws, and all human resource and labor law regulations statewide.

Along with serving as Chairman, Representative Lynn will also continue her service as a member of the full Consumer & Human Resources Committee and of the powerful House Finance, Ways & Means Committee.  

Members generally serve on only two committees but Speaker Harwell also saw fit to appoint Lynn to a third committee; the House Ethics Committee.  The Ethics Committee hears all ethics complaints against sitting legislators.

“Speaker Harwell is most generous, and I am always very proud and eager to serve this body anywhere she determines that my skills and knowledge will best contribute to the end result.” stated Lynn. 

Finally, Representative Lynn was officially re-elected by her peers to the Fiscal Review Committee.  Fiscal review is a powerful committee that has oversight over all state contracts and other matters of a financial impact such as budget estimates.   

In addition to her duties above, Lynn also serves on the Workforce Development Board under the State Department of Labor – a position to which she was appointed by Governor Haslam last year – and she serves as an Executive Board Member of the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) – a position to which she was elected to by her peers in 2016.   


This year, legislators are looking to build upon the success of the previous session that saw wasteful government spending cut from the budget, taxes lowered for all Tennesseans, measures passed to better fund and improve education and encourage job growth, as well as numerous other government reforms.

“Our community sent me here to help them – one of the many ways I do that is by supporting policies that will uphold our Constitution, strengthen our economy and produce more job opportunities, ensure our budget remains balanced, and fight government waste. Today, my resolve is even stronger to continue doing just that,” said Representative Lynn.  "Let me add how truly honored I am to continue my service as Chairman of the House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee."

House Speaker Beth Harwell (R–Nashville) added, “The people have placed their trust in us because of dedicated public servants like Representative Lynn whom they know will lead based upon the commonsense, conservative values of our state. I look forward to working with her to accomplish a great deal on behalf of all Tennesseans this year.”

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