(Links to investigate on your own are at the bottom of the page)
On your literature, stump speeches, and a radio forum, you identify that one of your proudest achievements is balancing the budget. Yet the 2016 state shows a shortfall of a minimum of $500 million in Education. The rates our roads as C overall and in need of over $475M to keep up with repairs. This is beyond fiscal irresponsibility. Claiming that we have a “” is an insult to our intelligence. Do you think we voters don’t understand this?
You have broken our beautiful public education system. How? Simple enough: you , resulting in fewer support positions, (principals, counselors, nurses), enlarge the student-to-teacher ratio, create an , and , up to as many as 30 days per school year. Then you connect the results of this overtesting, and an absurd teacher assessment metric, with a teacher’s ability to retain her job year to year. This is in addition to the so that our teachers’ professional organization is unable to negotiate a more reasonable contract. In a final insult, you offer as the solution , and state money then goes into . Do you think we voters don’t understand this?
A few months ago the legislature had to be called back into session because , and the state was at risk of losing over $60 million in federal funds. Jim, you’re the Chair of the Transportation Committee. You’ve been in the senate 12 years and chaired the committee for 8 years. You once admitted to . Did you not read this bill either? This . These are our hard-earned tax dollars we entrust you to spend wisely. This is the main task of your job as our state senator! Do you think we voters don’t understand this?
Lara Gass, a bright, beautiful law student, because she had not been notified of a recall in a used car she had purchased. Her parents went to you, Senator Tracy, to ask for help crafting and passing a bill to address this “unrepaired recall” issue. You sat with these grieving parents promising support. Then, during the transportation committee meeting you chaired, you , completely changing the heart of the bill and effectively killing it. You singlehandedly and exponentially magnified the pain of these grieving parents. And since you killed that bill, 6 additional people have died on Tennessee highways in similar accidents, . A quick glance at your provides some insight. Do you think we voters don’t understand this?
Senator Tracy, you acknowledged on a radio show that from the . Then you said that you didn’t “believe in marijuana”, and that “the stats don’t support it”. This shows a stunning lack of interest and education about the medical marijuana can bring. Do you think we voters don’t understand this?
You , and you boasted that the bill “protected our senior citizens”. , a tax that . However, because this revenue will now be withdrawn from counties and municipalities, . Do you think we voters don’t understand this?
Senator Tracy, you have taken complete advantage of the public trust in you. You have misled, misdirected, and deceived us about the status of our budget, education, and transportation. You have offered the education of our children to the highest bidder. Your coffers overflow with money from special interest groups, who absolutely expect something in return. You’ve spent a tremendous amount of time as our state senator working on your two failed US Congressional campaigns. And you’ve disrespected the voters in your district by being unwilling to respond to these questions.
The voters in District 14 have had enough. We need ethics and transparency in our senator. We need accountability and a commitment to the well-being of every person, not just the fortunate few. We need a voice uncorrupted by years and years of political back-scratching and back-room dealmaking. We need a senator who truly cares about the quality of life for all Tennesseans.
Please visit for a complete list of citations.
ASCE Report Card
Teacher Evaluation Process
Charter schools and vouchers
Out-of-state charter schools/vouchers
DUI bill error
Common core bill
Tracy PAC contribution list
Transportation Committee Hearing (time stamp 49:47)
Relief from symptoms of illness
Opioid epidemic treatment
Hall Income Tax elimination bill sponsor
Hall Income Tax
Hall Income Tax
Hall Income Tax Repeal Impact
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