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Bayron Binkley for Governor Campaign Position

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.

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Listen to Bayron with Carl Boyd Jr

Listen to the Carl Boyd Jr. radio show today @ 2:30pm. Bayron will spend sometime discussing his vision for Tennessee. He is looking to implement a bold, aggressive, and proactive economic strategy that will create, energize and rebuild quality of life in our state while being void of partisanship and special interest groups.

http://www.tsuradio.com/

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Campaign Updates Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for updates with new features and information concerning the campaign.

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Bayron Binkley for Governor

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Bayron Binkley at the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce

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Campaign Theme: Rebuilding the Quality of Life

As Governor of Tennessee, my focus will be to implement a bold, aggressive, and proactive economic strategy that will create, energize and rebuild quality of life in our state while being void of partisanship and special interest groups.

Economic Strategy Goals:

Re-energize our state’s economy

  1. Protect and encourage businesses who have already invested in our state
  2. Protect and rebuild property values lost during the economic downturn
  3. Implement true education reform through:
    • School Choice . . . a voucher system
    • Higher education opportunities created by redirecting voluntary pre-K funds
  4. Recruit and seek out new businesses either start up or relocations without breaking the bank account by promising and delivering a better quality of life for the corporate entity and their employees.
  5. Ensure that state government operates as an effective and conscientious steward of the Tennesseans’ tax dollar
  6. Reduce and eliminate the Hall Income Tax on investment income.
  7. Create economic development zones within the 3 grand divisions of the Tennessee
  8. Position Tennessee as a premier retirement residence location; encouraging seniors to relocate their assets, expertise, and experience to Tennessee
  9. To introduce to our State new blood, and experienced people who bring with them a vision, passion, and the focus to develop and to help lead and direct our State’s future to new heights.
  10. Execute all economic strategy goals without a personal income tax and by keeping Tennessee a right to work state.
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Meet and Greet 2/20/2010 in Oakridge TN

The Meet and Greet in Oak Ridge this Saturday Feb. 20th, 2010 will take place at the Providence House located on the campus of the Highland View Church of Christ from 11:30 to 2:30. If you are going to be in the area, stop by and say hello.  Click here for Google Map for Directions.

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Press Release – Bayron Binkley For Governor 2010

”Middle Tennessee Native Bayron Binkley Announces a 2010 Run for Governor in the State of Tennessee”

Date:  For Immediate Release (January 6th, 2010)

For Additional Information Contact:
Bayron Binkley for Governor Committee
EMAIL: Bayron.Binkley@gmail.com,
Phone:   615-347-0627
Website:  Binkley4Governor.com
Kevin E. Hickman, CPA Treasurer

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Bayron Binkley for Governor 2010

Background Information:

Age:  53 as of January 17th, 2010
Marital Status:  Married to Patricia Joyce Binkley (29 years)
Children:  3 sons all over the age of 21
Education:  Graduate of David Lipscomb High School in Nashville.  Graduate of Lipscomb University (1979) with a degree in Political Science.
Grew up in South Nashville and has lived in Franklin and Brentwood.

Business Background:  Banking, New Construction, Land Development, Real Estate Brokerage.  Have owned, operated, and/or managed Real Estate related companies since 1985.
Currently:  A Real Estate Broker affiliated with SilverPointe Properties in Brentwood, TN.

Political Affiliation:

Binkley will be running as an Independent.  “If there was ever a time that Tennesseans would consider electing an independent, this may be THAT Time.”  As an Independent Candidate, Binkley will be able to campaign thru the Party Primaries to the General Election in November of 2010.  Tennessee is at a crossroads.  We’ve seen what partisan politics and special interest groups bring to the table both on a Statewide and National level.  It is now time for Common Sense!

Selected Points:

1.  Rebuild the Quality of Life in Tennessee without the heavy hand of party platforms, partisan politics AND Special interest groups.
2.  While protecting and encouraging existing businesses within the State, seek out and recruit new business opportunities by adding infrastructure instead of just paying out tax dollars in incentives for relocation.
3.  Improving Education.  A) I will propose a major change in Education.  Allowing school of choice utilizing the voucher system.  This will give many families more choices in their child’s education. B) I will propose to eliminate the Pre-Kindergarten program and direct those funds toward College Education.  Our greatest return on our education investment will come from those who will go on to College.  I see these funds being used for students who might not be able to gain entrance or afford a larger 4-year program but instead will be able to attend our local Community Colleges.  We believe this can be done utilizing our current tax revenue.
4.  I will look at either reducing or eliminating the Hall Income Tax (on dividends) and fixing the gas tax inadequacies in the State of Tennessee.
5.  I will maintain the Right to Work Policies within the State.  Operate with a Balance Budget and promise to veto any legislative attempt to pass a personal income tax.
6.  I will bring into my administration new, creative and proactive people who share a vision of Re-building the Quality of Life in our State.  We will develop a plan to chart a new course for our State—while being focused only on the task at hand.

Additional

In the coming weeks of this Campaign, I will be introducing other points that will positively impact our Quality of Life in the State of Tennessee.  You will be receiving additional releases concerning these points.  If you have any questions concerning me personally, or our campaign please do not hesitate in emailing or calling me direct.  I encourage you to visit our website and read our posted story of Extraordinary Times Calls for Extraordinary Measures.

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Official Announcement

Binkley for Governor 2010 from Alex Curtis on Vimeo.

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Issues Part 2 – Economy

Tennesseans See Home Equity and Wealth Disappearing

Recent federal laws and programs designed to combat collapsing financial and housing industries may be doing more harm than good. The new programs and laws are producing many unforeseen side effects that are proving very costly to property owners across Tennessee and throughout the country. Although the full extent of the negative ramifications of these programs have yet to be realized, property owners as well as city, county, and state governments across our nation will soon be feeling the squeeze of equity loss and budget shortfalls thanks to the federal bailout.

A practice that affects all

Whenever a mortgage or property equity loan is obtained or renewed, a property appraisal must also be obtained. New federally mandated mortgage banking laws and procedures combined with an increased number of reappraisals have forced banks to order appraisals through a third-party call center. Banks and mortgage companies are no longer allowed input on the selection of appraisers nor do they have any interaction with the appraisers once they have been assigned. Further, because the call center acts as a centralized clearinghouse for the entire industry, appraisers are under extreme pressure to complete appraisals quickly and keep appraised values low. To do so appraisers often choose property sales comparisons based on ease and price rather than actual property similarities. In essence, the property comparables of many recent appraisals are not necessarily the best available comparables, but the easiest. Institutionalizing the appraisal process has eliminated both common sense and individual consideration from property valuation.

Also impacting low comparable sales figures during the appraisal process is the number of forced sales, foreclosures, and short-sale properties currently filtering through the market. Foreclosures and short-sales have a far-reaching ripple effect on the housing market. Property owners across the nation have lost thousands of dollars in equity overnight due to foreclosures in their area. Although it may not be an immediate concern for some property owners, once they try to sell or refinance their property, a market devalued by foreclosures and short-sales will most definitely affect the appraised value of their property. Undervalued sales impact the value of all properties regardless of their status in the market.

How this happens

In a devalued real estate market, foreclosures and short-sales bring down the value of all properties during the appraisal process. Appraisers, working without input from banking officers or real estate professionals and without a thorough knowledge of local real estate markets, use questionable comparable sales figures as a measure of property values. Because appraisers have no motivation for seeking out truly equitable properties in their appraisals, they often offer the sale price of a foreclosed property as a comparable measure of value for a property free of fiscal problems. Despite any efforts taken to avoid debt and foreclosure, a property’s value is frequently reduced by the negligibility and misfortune of neighboring owners. When that happens, responsible property owners are, in essence, punished for their conscientious ownership.

Implementing a solution

To eliminate this problem, I propose an alteration to the appraisal process. Homes forced to sell or foreclosed on should be reclassified and not allowed to be used as comparable value figures for homes free of fiscal problems. For example, a property free from debt and other fiscal issues could be classified as “Class A”. Conversely, a property sold through a foreclosure or short-sale process would be classified as “Class C”. When a property designated as Class A goes through the appraisal process, it could only be compared to other Class A properties. Class C properties would have no bearing on Class A property values. Although this is a measure that needs to take place on a national scale, we should encourage U.S. Senators and Congressional Representatives from Tennessee to take up this measure.

Failing to act

If we fail to tackle this issue, the long range effects we likely will see are:

  • People will continue to lose equity in their property and ultimately their personal wealth.
  • Owners will be forced to dip into savings and retirement accounts to pay the difference between loan value amounts and appraised value amounts.
  • City and county governments will feel a significant impact from declining home values as they reduce their tax base and property tax revenues.
  • Continued value declines in the market will result in banks enduring even more short sales.
  • Property values will continue to fall across the board.
  • Builders, limited on what they can build due to lower property appraisals, will significantly cut production or even go out of business.
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