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Phil Bredesen on Environment

Democratic TN Governor

 


Public-private foundation to preserve Cumberland Plateau

The Cumberland Plateau is one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse places on the planet, and yet it is being clear cut, vast tracts of land owned by timber companies are on the market, and in many cases are being bought by speculators from out of state. I am proposing the establishment of a public-private foundation, perhaps called the Cumberland Plateau Foundation, that can preserve these lands for the future. I have placed in the budget $10 million of one-time money to start the process.

I want to expand the vision in the years ahead to other areas as well, areas like the Mississippi River Corridor, the Appalachians, the river valleys and others. Outdoor spaces are important to our people's health, they are important to the preservation of our heritage, and to attracting people who will create jobs. My dream is that a generation from now, our children and grandchildren will have protected land for their use, for enjoying the beauty of God's creation here in Tennessee.

Source: State of the State address for 2005 to Tennessee legislature , Jan 31, 2005

$10M to partially restore cuts in land acquisition fund

We are proposing that $8 million of this year's surplus be added to the TIIPS fund for industrial infrastructure investment; that $11 million be allocated to job training, primarily for two specific industrial projects with Nissan and Toyota; and for $10 million to support the truly visionary biotech initiative in Memphis.

For me, one of last year's most personally painful cuts was in the land acquisition fund. While I was not able this year to fully restore these funds, I am proposing to allocate $10 million of this year's surplus as a one-time contribution to begin making that fund whole once again.

Source: 2012 Tennessee State of the State address , Feb 2, 2004

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