First Half of 110th Session in the Books

May 18, 2017  
Written by , in Topics & Issues

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARK PODY
STANDING STRONG ON PRINCIPLES – SERVING CANNON, DEKALB AND WILSON COUNTIES
Click the links below to visit these helpful websites
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Town Meetings
  I always look forward to meeting with each of you. This would be a great time for more lengthy input from you the constituents.
1st Friday 
Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce from8:00a.m. until 9:00a.m.

3rd Friday 
Depot Junction Cafe in Watertown from 8:00a.m. until 9:00a.m.
Hardees in Smithville from10:00a.m. until 11:00a.m.
Woodbury Senior Center from  1:00p.m. until 2:00p.m
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Did you know that if you are searching for a job you can visit Jobs4TN and click on featured jobs.
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In Rememberance of Hale Moss, President of the Board of Directors for Wilson County Promotions, Wilson County Water and Wastewater Authority Board, member of the Agriculture Center Management Committee and recently inducted in the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame. Hale passed away on Monday April 20, 2017.
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Ozment Museum of Human Rights & Social Juctice Tour (benefiting the Papers of Martin Van Buren) sponsored by Elliott Ozment & Cumberland University. 
May 23, 2017 from 5:30-8:00p.m.at the Ozment Law Office located at 1214 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN.  For more information, please contact 615-547-1269.
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Congratulations to 2017 Seniors
Graduation Dates

  • Lebanon High School – 5/27
  • Wilson Central High School – 5/27
  • Friendship Christian Academy – 5/21
  • Watertown High School – 5/25
  • Wilson County V.O.S. – 5/23
  • Cannon County High School – 5/26
  • DeKalb County High School – 5/26
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Good Ole Days in Woodbury
 Friday, 5-19 and 5-20.
For more information:
Cannon County Senior Center
609 West Lehman St. Woodbury, TN. 37190
Phone Number 615-563-5304
First Half of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly is in the Books
This session was a mixed basket of some good news as well as some bad.
On the UP side,  
K-12 Education was a winner in funding again this year including:

  • $200 million to fund the Basic Education Program (BEP), including $100.4 million for teacher salaries; and
  • 15 million for career and technology education equipment
Roads and Bridges are funded for the next few years, with $132 million bringing the Rainy Day fund to an all time high of $800 million.
No new debt – the second year in a row  We are one of the lowest taxed States with the lowest debt owed to the government per person.  So we could say, there is a huge surplus at the State.
Taxes have been lowered on food by 20% with a decrease in sales tax.
On the Down side 
Taxes will increase 6 cents on Gasoline and 10 cents on Diesel.  
More fees were passed for car registration.
Simply there was a lot of pork in this budget.  This budget was the largest in the history of our State.  Our State government is growing faster than our population and faster than our average income in Tennessee.
Even with all the good in this budget, I believe this out of control increase and spending HAS TO STOP!   I felt it was so bad, I did not vote for the budget.
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Thanks to Governor Haslam for visiting Byars Dowdy Elementary.
A special thanks to Scott Benson, Director of LSSD; Becky Sevier, Principal Byars Dowdy; and Anita Gray, 2nd Grade Teacher for welcoming us to the school. Pictured left to right, Becky Sevier, Rep. Susan Lynn, Anita Gray, Governor Haslam, Melanie Minter, Scott Benson and myself.
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Excited to have my granddaughters 8th Grade History class from Winfree Bryant Middle School visit us at the Capitol last week. The group toured the Capitol, enjoyed a mock session and visited the Tennessee State Musuem.  If you would like to visit the Capitol, please call my Legislative Office at 615-741-7086.
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A great evening at the Dekalb County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. Thanks to Suzanne Williams, Director of the Dekalb County Chamber for organizating such a great event.
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I was happy to join Dr. Ming Wang and others to discuss bringing business to District 46.  I will continue to work hard to see that more jobs are available for my constituents.

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