The Honorable Phil Governor
I always said that we would somehow find out that Phil Bredesen isn’t all he is cracked up to be.
For the moment, we won’t judge whether such arrangements are right or wrong, but instead whether it is ethical to bind a successor administration to a series of promises involving monetary expenditure and taxation rules when one is leaving office that have neither legislative approval nor were publicly agreed-upon by the incoming Governor or his staff. Bredesen’s Commissioner of Economic Development has said to The Tennessean‘s Chas Sisk that it is a matter of the new Governor “honoring the commitments of the previous administration” and that this was a “bipartisan approach.” It is a bipartisan approach to keep the General Assembly in the dark about development agreements until the State Funding Board discovers large disbursements of cash that it cannot explain because it was unaware of the agreements in the first place-all while the General Assembly is trying to come up with a final version of the budget for the next fiscal year?
So the Honorable Phil Governor felt compelled to commit the State to millions upon millions of dollars in business deals when leaving office without alerting the incoming General Assembly? Why was it this man was so popular?