Tennessee Business Roundtable members believe strongly that one of the pillars of Tennessee’s economy is a business climate with sensible tax and regulatory burdens and sound state fiscal policies. The Roundtable opposes policies and initiatives that might negatively affect Tennessee’s ability to remain competitive.

COMPETITIVENESS 

CORE PRINCIPLES

I.   We believe our state succeeds when all Tennesseans are served well by sound state management that results in a high quality of life and economic prosperity for all.


II.   We aspire to create a Tennessee which has the #1 business climate in the Southeast U.S. and is among the top ten in the United States.

COMPETITIVENESS ISSUE SCOPE

  • TN Judicial Selection

  • Right-to-Work/At-Will

  • Trade Policy

  • State Economic Development Incentives

  • Infrastructure—Transit

  • Data privacy

  • Infrastructure—Broadband

  • TN Franchise/Excise Taxes

  • Policies affecting LGBT Tennesseans

  • Environmental Regulations

  • TN Economic Data Dashboard

  • State Wage & Hour Policies

  • Tort Reform

  • Transportation

  • Unemployment Insurance

Tax Reform

 

The Tennessee Business Roundtable favors changes to our nation’s current tax system that promote the growth of Tennessee’s economy, and the well-being and success of Tennessee families. The United States currently has the highest corporate tax rate of all industrialized countries, which hinders not only investments in and by Tennessee companies, but also job opportunities and higher wages for our state’s workers. Tennessee job-creators and wage-earners need and deserve relief from high rates, complex rules and competitive disadvantages created by the current system.

Transportation

 

Tennessee’s economic success, both today and tomorrow, relies upon its ability to efficiently move goods and people within and through our state—especially for vital Tennessee business sectors like manufacturing, logistics and agriculture. Tennessee Business Rountable supports updating TN’s user-fee-based transportation funding system to meet 21st-century realities. 

Judicial Selection

 

The Tennessee Business Roundtable strongly supports our constitutional system of three distinct branches of government with a strong and independent judicial branch. An independent judiciary is absolutely essential for a government of laws and a system of commerce that can flourish to provide good jobs for our citizens. For that reason, The Roundtable supported and advocated in favor of Constitutional Amendment 2 which ultimately passed in 2014.

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