When Tennesseans elected a Republican Supermajority to the legislature, we did so hoping that Republicans would be better stewards of the public trust than we have seen in the past.
That’s why I was disappointed to learn about this proposal. This bill would nearly double the fees charged by public utilities for cable and internet systems to use electricity poles, leading to higher costs for providers and higher cable rates for the customer. Grover Norquist of Americans For Tax Reform has said this bill presents “massive barriers to private sector led growth.” As a Republican, I expect conservative leadership from the legislature. Schemes that result in greater profits for public utilities, larger burdens on consumers and hinder economic development don’t meet that test.
I will be asking my representatives to stand with the people and oppose this bill.