Archive for the ‘craig fitzhugh’ Category

Leader Fitzhugh’s New Year’s Day Message

Friday, January 3rd, 2014


Leader Craig Fitzhugh‘s New Year’s Day message to the tens of thousands of Tennesseans who should have woken up on January 1st with the health care coverage they so desperately need.


Fitzhugh: Haslam Creates Health Purgatory

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The following column by State House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh appeared Nov. 3, 2013 in The Commercial Appeal

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says we have plenty of time to deal with Medicaid expansion.

His administration plays down the rush to provide some 330,000 Tennesseans with quality, affordable health care coverage. The governor [...]

House Democrats Tell Haslam to Listen to GOP Governors Expanding Medicaid

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

In what must be ironic news to the 330,000 Tennesseans waiting for a decision on Medicaid expansion, Governor Bill Haslam was chosen to Chair the National Governors Association’s Health and Human Services Committee along with vice-Chair Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.

“This could be terrific news for Tennessee,” said House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh. “Six [...]

Lawmakers Calls for Investigation of Haslam Contract

Friday, October 4th, 2013

State House Democratic leaders are outraged to learn via a News Channel 5 investigative report that Governor Bill Haslam’s administration may have rigged contracts to benefit out-of-state contractors at the behest of Jones Lang Lasalle.

“The continuing saga of the Jones Lang Lasalle contract is troubling to say the least,” said House Democratic [...]

Haslam’s Attack on Middle Class Driving Unemployment Higher

Friday, July 19th, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Labor released numbers Thursday showing that Tennessee continues to be a leader in rising unemployment rates. The unemployment rate is now at 8.5 percent, nearly one percent higher than the national unemployment rate of 7.6 percent.

“The Republicans have spent the past year trying to find new [...]

Haslam/Huffman Pay Scale Sticks it to Teachers

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

And Policies Ignore Increasing Poverty

Rep. Joe Pitts, D-Clarksville, is not mincing his words on Gov. Bill Haslam and Commissioner Kevin Huffman’s new reduced pay scale for Tennessee teachers.

In effect, the Haslam/Huffman plan, which the state board of education passed 6-3 on Friday, means teachers in the first five years of their tenure [...]

Democrats Oppose Haslam’s Cuts to Teacher Pay

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

House Democrats joined together to speak out against a proposal by the Haslam administration to cut teacher pay in Tennessee.

“If we are ever going to raise Tennessee’s educational standards, we must make our state more attractive to highly qualified, professional teachers,” said Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville). “Instead, Commissioner Huffman and the corporate special interests [...]

Top Democrat: Governor Haslam Has ‘Failed to Deliver’

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh released a video statement Thursday in response to Governor Haslam’s decision to reject a federally-funded Medicaid expansion. The expansion would provide more than 300,000 Tennesseans from working families access to reliable, quality care.

Do Nothing Governor: Haslam ‘Plan’ Amounts to a No

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

‘Tennessee Plan’ leaves uninsured, rural hospitals with no solution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Halsam promised a decision on expanding Medicaid today, but instead delivered a “no” dressed up as a year of delayed action and indecision.

“We expected clarity today on Medicaid, but all we got was confusion,” Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Sen. [...]

Democrats Join Workers to Protect Workers’ Compensation

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – House Democrats joined with workers from across the state at a rally to oppose Governor Bill Haslam’s radical changes to the workers’ compensation system in Tennessee.

“Working people in this state are getting rolled over like a freight train by the wealthy special interests who want to use the Republican super-majority to [...]