Don't Mind the Dead Along the Way, We Have A Surplus

Don’t Mind the Dead Along the Way, We Have A Surplus

Surplus? I don’t think so.


Hi! I’m Gayle Jordan and I’m running for state senate.

This is my farm in Rutherford County, and this is Elvis, Priscilla, and How Now. I raise longhorns, donkeys, goats, and chickens. I raised my kids on this farm, and now that they are grown and gone, caring for my animals is one of the joys of my life.

Years ago I became a Dave Ramsey certified counselor, in order to help others understand how household budgets work. On the first day of every month, I prepare my personal budget, which includes a Farm line item so that I can allot the necessary money to their feed and care.

If I choose not to spend that money on feed for my animals, at the end of the month I will be able to boast that I have a SURPLUS. My animals will be thin, sickly, and suffering, but I can proudly point to my surplus.

Most of you know where I am going here. Our TN legislators boast in every newspaper and radio interview, in every mailer and advertisement, that our state has a surplus. Our schools are underfunded by more than $500M dollars. We haven’t kept up with our infrastructure improvement and development, and don’t have a comprehensive transportation plan to accommodate our expected

growth. If our budget line items are not funded, the descriptive word for what we have is not a SURPLUS, but fiscal mismanagement.

It’s not only evidenced in a bogus budget, but look no further than this summer, when the assembly had to reconvene because in their effort to shorten the session, they didn’t read the bill and overlooked a potential $60M mistake. This costs taxpayers, you and me, $25K per day. More mismanagement.

Lastly, they refuse to bring our tax dollars back to TN, providing health insurance to our working poor and saving our rural hospitals, at zero cost to the state budget. More mismanagement.

To me, the final insult is then for them to, in their re-election efforts, boast about this surplus, as if we don’t understand what they are doing. This stunning lack of financial stewardship is a flagrant abuse of the public trust, and it is up to us to hold them accountable.

Our children deserve the best education we can provide. Our teachers deserve respect that is manifested in salary increases and tangible benefits. We need to fund the road and transportation projects that are crucial to our growth and economic prosperity. Our heritage as Tennesseans compel us to help our neighbors who are suffering and dying from treatable conditions.

As always, please follow the links in the comments, and confirm for yourself via voting records and PAC contribution lists where their priorities are. My name is Gayle Jordan, and I’m asking for your vote.