Greetings Fabulous Folks of the Fortieth! 02/24/2020
It’s a Marvelous Monday morning, and yes it is raining again, but hey, as one of my favorite bluegrass tunes sings, “There’s a dark and a troubled side of life. There’s a bright and a sunny side too. Though we meet with the darkness and strife. The sunny side we also may view.” So, I choose to keep on the sunny side.

It is my hope that many of you took advantage of the flexibility of early voting, which will end tomorrow Tuesday, February 24th! Election Day is next Tuesday, March 3rd. Oh and FYI we passed legislation last year (Public Chapter No. 250) that protects voters who entrust their voter registration application with individuals or organizations conducting voter registration drives. This law was passed to protect the voter from being ripped off by untrained and uninterested individuals whose only mission is to get all the voter registration applications collected for a paycheck! Well as you may know Tennessee is currently being sued while a court preliminary injunction prevents many of those safeguards listed in the law from being applicable for the upcoming elections. That is why we have HB2363 in the legislature this session to provide reasonable protections such as requirements that those who collect voter registration applications file those collected forms within 15 days of the voter registration drive or no later than the voter registration deadline. Click here to follow along with the legislation. And yes, there is teeth in this bill. Now more than ever we must protect the critical infrastructure of the election box!

The general paraphrase of Thomas Jefferson’s views are he believed an “educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” I encourage you to do your part and “be” a citizen, not a spectator, nor a subject. Seek wisdom on whom and what to vote for. James 1 says, “If you need wisdom, if you want to know what God wants you to do – ask Him and He will gladly tell you.”

In Transportation Committee this past week, we had discussions on the department’s funding, about how much we have in the piggy bank to spend and where all that “dough” goes. September 30, 2020 the FAST Act (Federal Aid Surface Transportation) is set to expire. Congress must act by then to pass a new federal highway reauthorization bill, hopefully one that will bring a sustainable solution for funding highways. Tennessee is in need of $600M to enlarge the highway trust fund. Worst case scenario would be those general fund dollars may not be there thus likely no long term solution and the uncertainty of general fund infusions. UGH!

Sunny side? We are debt free which enables us to address short term continuing resolutions, which is better than most states. We are experiencing growing pains now! Traffic is a continuous parking lot. Tennessee just can’t contain all the cars. That being said, I am having “out of the box” discussions on how to expedite projects, especially rural, and have the funding to meet the safety and economic needs in my district.  It is work worth doing 🙂


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In Transportation Committee this past week, we had discussions on the department’s funding, about how much we have in the piggy bank to spend and where all that “dough” goes. September 30, 2020 the FAST Act (Federal Aid Surface Transportation) is set to expire. Congress must act by then to pass a new federal highway reauthorization bill, hopefully one that will bring a sustainable solution for funding highways. Tennessee is in need of $600M to enlarge the highway trust fund. Worst case scenario would be those general fund dollars may not be there thus likely no long term solution and the uncertainty of general fund infusions. UGH!
Sunny side? We are debt free which enables us to address short term continuing resolutions, which is better than most states. We are experiencing growing pains now! Traffic is a continuous parking lot. Tennessee just can’t contain all the cars. That being said, I am having “out of the box” discussions on how to expedite projects, especially rural, and have the funding to meet the safety and economic needs in my district.  It is work worth doing 🙂

Please remember to join me at any four of my Coffee Conversations in the Fabulous Fortieth on Friday Mornings at 8 A.M.:

First Friday – Patty’s Restaurant in Smithville Dekalb County
2nd Friday – Hartsville Early Bird Café in Trousdale County
3rd Friday – Smith County Chamber in Carthage
4th Friday – Mabel’s Restaurant in Gallatin
Another busy week ahead of me so I must fire up the Yukon and head west to the big city to be YOUR VOICE. Thanks for the honor to serve you!
 
Blessings,
Terri Lynn Weaver

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