The state's legislative Democrats have a jobs plan:
Next session, they'll continue pushing the Tennessee First Act, which they say would give Tennessee businesses "the first crack at state contracts through the implementation of a sliding-scale allowance."
The discussion was relatively short on details about the specifics of the program, which would aim to "promote Tennessee business as the preferred workers to take on Tennessee projects," focusing more on calls for the majority to support "good ideas" no matter who they come from.
“Too many Tennesseans right now [do not] have a paycheck," said Jernigan, who is challenging Rep. Jim Gotto for his District 60 seat. "We want to give small business a tax credit if you hire off the unemployment line. Or they get first crack at a local or state contract. These are things that should really be a no-brainer."