Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Williams Denounces Senate Republicans as Unscrupulous and Irresponsible

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Like Jimmy Stewart, Kent Williams speaks truth to power.
  • Like Jimmy Stewart, Kent Williams speaks truth to power.
House Speaker Kent Williams is quickly becoming Pith's favorite state lawmaker. First, he stood up to jingoistic racists and helped dispatch English Only legislation this morning. Then he waltzed into the Shelby County delegation meeting and denounced Senate Republicans, specifically Ron Ramsey, as irresponsible for sacrificing state services to feed their political ambitions. A legislator tells the truth—and twice in one day! (Not only that but he drinks beer with us at Brandon's.) As Andrea Zelinski is reporting exclusively, Williams declared he's "100 percent against" the Ramsey-backed Senate budget plan.

“I think in the Senate, it’s more politics. I guarantee if we didn’t have members running for governor and Congress, we would have already pass this budget. It’s a political statement and you just don’t play political games at the stake of our citizens.”

Update: Williams also said it's morally wrong to make more spending cuts and leave $500 million in the state's reserve funds.

“Morally, how can we do that and go home with $500 million in the bank. I just don’t get it. I just don’t get it and I hope everyone in here will toe the line and hang tough and do what’s best for the people of Tennessee and not give in to these pressures.”

Update II: "I think we’re doing exactly what the citizens of the state want us to," Ramsey shoots back. "We’re living within our means. We’re balancing our budget through cuts and not through tax increases.”

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