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BBQ gives business leaders chance to grill elected officials

Hank Hayes • Jun 8, 2018 at 3:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Tennessee lawmakers from Sullivan County donned aprons and served up hamburgers and hot dogs to business leaders Thursday night at the annual Kingsport Chamber Legislative Barbecue.

They also got to talk a little bit about their work in this year’s legislative session.

HERE’S WHAT THEY SAID:

State Sen. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol: “We passed a 37 and a half billion dollar budget (the state Constitution requires a balanced budget). We lowered taxes. The Hall Income Tax is on its third phase of being out in two more years. That’s pretty strong … we invested in K-12 education, teacher funding and increased the Tennessee Promise (a last dollar scholarship for community college and technical school students) … what did we do locally? We worked together to get 4 and a half million dollars from the state to bring Aerospace Park (aviation-related development at Tri-Cities Airport) further to fruition. That’s really a game changer for the area.”

State Rep. Timothy Hill, R-Blountville: “I serve as the majority whip. It’s somewhere in the neighborhood of fourth in leadership in the House. No one cares. It’s my job to count votes during session. Once we get out of session, which is now, I need to help us keep seats all across Tennessee. That’s 74 (House GOP seats).”

State Rep. Bud Hulsey, R-Kingsport: “There is nothing I wouldn’t do for (his fellow lawmakers) and there’s nothing they wouldn’t do for me, and that’s the way you go through life doing nothing for each other … we need to do all we can to keep the state off people’s necks … my heart in Nashville is trying to fix laws that are broken.”

State Rep. John Crawford, R-Kingsport: “We stay in constant communications (with Kingsport leaders) … we work with the areas we represent … I hope we’re doing our jobs for you … we come back to our communities and ask, ‘How does this affect you? What do we need to do?’”

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