Bayron Binkley for Governor Campaign Position
I promise that as Governor, I will bring new blood, new thoughts, and new energy to running State Government. I will work to make Tennessee proactive, focused, aggressive and creative in all its endeavors. Under my administration, Tennessee will be the model for success that other states will follow.
Here is how I will accomplish that task:
The Role of State Government: Government should service citizens, not be serviced by them. Tennessee has done a better job of limiting government than most, but our full potential is stifled by the strain of social programs, federal mandates, and unnecessary excesses. That must change. As Governor, I will focus state efforts primarily upon business development, infrastructure improvement, education and tax reform. I will eliminate bureaucratic barriers; empowering local governments and the free market to work for Tennesse’s communities. Above all, I will streamline our state budget and free it of any unnecessary federal involvement.
The Washington Influence: Law makers and lobbyists in Washington have led our nation down a wrong path. Instead of prosperity, we are on the road to poverty. The Stimulus Package and programs like nationalized healthcare, Race to the Top, Cap and Trade are stripping states of their sovereignty. We must take a stand against the further loss of our state’s rights through federal programs and mandates. As Governor, I will not allow the lure of federal dollars to erode Tennessee’s budget, standards, culture, or its way of life.
Stewardship: Elected officials have an inherent obligation to their constituents to be good stewards; to serve them in with integrity, in an ethical and responsible manner. As Governor, I will deliver on the promise of stewardship, particularly with tax dollars. I will put Tennessee tax dollars to their absolute best use and I will insist upon the highest return on investment. My administration will not look upon expenditures as simply numbers. We will view expenses as actual dollars . . . dollars that belong to the people of Tennessee.
Tax Reform: I will not support a state income tax in Tennessee, period. Taxation impedes private sector progress and should be avoided. Moreover, as Governor, I will seek measures to reduce or eliminate taxes on investment incomes known as the Hall Income Tax. Tennessee investors should not be penalized for supporting business stability and growth.
Jobs: My priority as Governor will be to put Tennesseans back to work. It is not the responsibility of government to provide jobs. Instead, government should make a way for jobs. As such, my administration will incentivize companies already invested in our state to stay and grow in Tennessee. Maintaining and improving the infrastructure connected to the global marketplace from within Tennessee is the key. Roads, bridges, energy, water reserves, and telecommunications are vital to effort. Policies that promote a solid infrastructure along with a limited tax burden, synergy among companies, a highly educated workforce, and the right to work will strengthen current businesses while encouraging new business in Tennessee.
Economy: Like other states, the Tennessee is dealing with tough economic times. Our commitment to no income tax, cost savings, affordable housing, and common sense budgeting has helped Tennessee weather these times better than others, but there is room for improvement. Tennessee must position itself uniquely to grow in such an economy. As Governor, I will foster new approaches to stimulate the Tennessee economy through banking, housing, tourism and retirement.
Banking – Banks need to get back into the business of investing. Pressure and oversight from Washington has hampered the willingness of banks to invest in local economies. It is easy to see that larger banks with hundreds of branches and a home office other states are probably not interested in the growth of Tennessee. The State of Tennessee can change that by doing business strictly with banks willing to invest in Tennessee communities.
Housing – The housing market has influence over most economic sectors – both in Tennessee and nationally. A depressed housing market results in a loss of tax revenue and personal wealth. Returning value and investment back to the housing market is vital. A flawed appraisal process and credit scoring is what propelled the housing sector into this financial ruin. A complete overhaul of those processes is the way to set the housing market back on a firm foundation.
Tourism – Recent administrations have failed to fully capitalize on our best asset: TENNESSEE. The beauty, culture, and history of our state has long drawn in visitors from around the globe. Many residents made a home in Tennessee because they fell in love with it while vacationing here. We can do more to attract tourism dollars to Tennessee. A renewed focus on tourism through private sector investment and the revitalization of our state park system will be a priority for my administration.
Retirement – Along with positioning ourselves as a wonderful tourism location, Tennessee would benefit tremendously from being known as a retirement destination. Attracting retirees to Tennessee would bring new sources of wealth; financially and through life experience. Additionally retirees will help spark demand for housing, retail, medical care, recreation and more, while boosting the tax base of local economies. Promoting Tennessee as a retirement destination will be an important focus of my administration.
Education: My plan for education reform in Tennessee is extensive. It involves accountability, choice, and the reallocation of funding. It is a common sense approach that invests most where reward is the highest. For details about my plan for reforming education in Tennessee, please visit the Education section on this website.
Energy: Wisely managed, new energy solutions offer Tennessee a bright future. Burgeoning opportunities in the green energy sector can not only improve the environment, but they can provide new jobs. As Governor, I will aggressively pursue those opportunities. A primary goal of my administration will be to position Tennessee as a leader in the field of clean energy. Rather than passively watch new energy resources and the jobs that go along with them benefit large, progressive states like California, I will seek opportunities that move Tennessee from being an energy consumer to an energy contributor.
2nd Amendment: I will uphold all Constitutional rights granted to citizens, including the right to bear arms. Constitutional framers felt so strongly on the issue that they included language specifically protecting one’s right to bear arms. Measures that limit it, including fees, licenses, and other restrictions, are inherently opposed to those original intentions. As governor, I will protect a citizen’s Constitutional right to bear arms and fight against legislation that does not.
Judiciary: The American Bar Association likens the role of a judge to an umpire. Based on the rule of law, a judge is to make a call regardless of popular opinion, politics, or personal sentiment. Judges are not legislators and should not behave as such. To personal agenda from creeping into Tennessee’s judicial system, as Governor I will work to make all judicial positions chosen by voters.
If you have a specific question that has not been addressed here, please email it to me at Bayron.Binkley@gmail.com.