EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
Unemployment Down to 3.1%: The unemployment rate in Tennessee has declined from 6% to 3.1% since 1993. 379,400 New Jobs: 379,400 new jobs have been created in Tennessee since 1993 -- an average of 59,127 jobs per year, compared to an average of just 39,675 jobs per year during the previous administration. 347,100 New Private Sector Jobs: Since 1993, 347,100 new private sector jobs have been created-an average of 54,094 jobs per year, compared to an average of just 34,825 private sector jobs per year in the previous administration. 36,800 New Construction Jobs: 36,800 construction jobs have been created in Tennessee since 1993 -- an average of 5,735 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of 825 construction jobs were lost each year during the previous administration. 319,000 Have Received a Raise: Approximately 121,000 Tennessee workers benefited from an increase in the minimum wage-from $4.25 to $4.75 -- on October 1, 1996. They, along with about 198,000 more received an additional raise-from $4.75 to $5.15 -- on September 1, 1997. Poverty Has Fallen: Nationally, the poverty rate has fallen from 15.1% in 1993 to 13.3% in 1997. In Tennessee, the poverty rate has fallen from 19.6% in 1993 to 14.3% in 1997--down 5.3% under President Clinton. [Census Bureau] Home Ownership Has Increased In Tennessee: Home ownership in Tennessee has increased from 64.2% to 73.5% since the fourth quarter of 1993. Home Building Up 7.7%: Home building has increased by an average of 7.7% per year since 1993, after falling an average of 4.3% per year during the previous four years. A $500 Child Tax Credit to Help Families Raising Children: To help make it easier for families to raise their children, the balanced budget included a $500 per-child tax credit for children under 17. Thanks to President Clinton, the Balanced Budget delivers a child tax credit to 593,000 families in Tennessee. Over $25,000 of Reduced Federal Debt for Every Family of Four: The national debt will be $1.7 trillion lower in FY99 than projected in 1993 -- that's $25,000 less debt for each family of four in Tennessee this year. 11.5% Growth in Total Bank Loans and Leases: Tennessee has seen a 11.5% average growth rate in total bank loans and leases per year since 1993. In contrast total bank loans and leases fell an average of 1.6% per year during the previous administration. 10.4% Growth in Commercial and Industrial Loans and Leases: Since 1993, Tennessee has experienced a 10.4% annual growth rate in commercial and industrial loans and leases. In contrast, commercial and industrial loans and leases fell an average of 3.7% per year during the previous administration.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Nearly 15,000 Children in Head Start: Nearly 15,000 Tennessee children were enrolled in Head Start in 1998. In FY99, Tennessee will receive $82.0 million in Head Start funding, an increase of $34.0 million over 1993. More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Classes for Tennessee's Schools: Thanks to President Clinton, the final FY99 budget provides for the first year of the President's new initiative to hire 100,000 new, well-prepared teachers, to reduce class sizes in the early grades to a national average of 18. Tennessee receives $20 million in 1999 to hire about 516 new public school teachers. And, under President Clinton's proposal, Tennessee would receive $23 million in FY00 to support a total of 628 teachers. $8.2 Million in Goals 2000 Funding: This year [FY99], Tennessee receives $8.2 million in Goals 2000 funding. This money is used to raise academic achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. $7.1 Million for Technology Literacy: This year [FY99], Tennessee receives $7.1 million for the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, which helps communities and the private sector ensure that every student is equipped with the computer literacy skills needed for the 21st century. Connecting Tennessee's Schools and Libraries to the Internet: The E-rate program is part of the Administration's effort to connect every classroom and library to the information superhighway, giving every child access to the resources and knowledge available online. This program helps schools and libraries by providing discounts of 20 to 90 percent on telecommunications services, internal connections and Internet access - with the largest discounts going to the poorest urban and rural schools. In the first year of funding alone, Tennessee received over $527 million in E-rate discounts. $131 Million for Students Most in Need: Tennessee receives $131 million in Title I grants providing extra help in the basics for students most in need, particularly communities and schools with high concentrations of children in low-income families [FY99]. 69,200 Students Will Receive Pell Grants This Year: This year [FY00], Tennessee will receive $131.8 million in Pell Grants for low-income students going to college, benefiting a total of 69,200 Tennessee students. Expanded Work-Study To Help More Students Work Their Way Through College: The FY99 budget includes a significant expansion of the Federal Work Study program. Tennessee will receive $15.7 million in Work-Study funding in 1999 to help Tennessee students work their way through college. Over 1,300 Have Served in Tennessee through AmeriCorps: Since the National Service program began in 1993, 1,342 AmeriCorps participants have earned money for college while working in Tennessee's schools, hospitals, neighborhoods or parks. [through 11/98] Tuition Tax Credits in Balanced Budget Open the Doors of College and Promote Lifelong Learning: The balanced budget included both President Clinton's $1,500 HOPE Scholarship to help make the first two years of college as universal as a high school diploma and a Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for college juniors, seniors, graduate students and working Americans pursuing lifelong learning to upgrade their skills. This 20% tax credit will be applied to the first $5,000 of tuition and fees through 2002 and to the first $10,000 thereafter. 95,000 students in Tennessee will receive a HOPE Scholarship tax credit of up to $1,500. 116,000 students in Tennessee will receive the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. [fully phased-in FY00 estimate] Expanded Job Training to Tennessee's Dislocated Workers: Thanks to President Clinton, the FY99 budget includes a significant expansion in the dislocated worker program. Tennessee will receive $19.3 million in 1999 to help 11,450 of Tennessee's dislocated workers get the training and reemployment services they need to return to work as quickly as possible.
FIGHTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
Crime Has Dropped in Memphis: In Memphis, between 1992 and 1997, murder has declined 22%. [1992 and 1997 Uniform Crime Reports] 1,963 More Police: The President's 1994 Crime Bill has funded 1,963 new police officers to date in communities across Tennessee. [through 7/99] Reducing Crime with Drug Courts: Working to reduce drug-related crime in Tennessee, the Clinton Administration has awarded Drug Court grants to the communities of Memphis and Nashville. The Administration had previously awarded grants to Clarksville, Decaturville, Knoxville, Maryville and Murfreesboro. Drug courts use the coercive power of the criminal justice system to combine drug testing, sanctions, supervision and treatment to push nonviolent, drug-abusing offenders to stop using drugs and committing crimes. Over $4.7 Million to Combat Domestic Violence: Through the Violence Against Women Act, Tennessee received $4.71 million in federal funds in FY98 to establish more women's shelters and bolster law enforcement, prosecution and victims' services. Over $1.1 Million in Grants for Battered Women and Children: In FY98, Tennessee received approximately $1.1 million in HHS's Family Violence Prevention Program grants to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse, an additional $205,000 increase over FY97. $7.6 Million to Keep Drugs & Violence Out of Tennessee's Schools: Tennessee will receive $7.6 million in FY99 for the Safe & Drug Free Schools Program, which invests in school security and drug prevention programs.
MOVING TENNESSEANS FROM WELFARE TO WORK
168,014 Fewer People on Welfare: There are 168,014 fewer people on welfare in Tennessee now than there were at the beginning of 1993 -- a 52% decrease. [through 3/99] Child Support Collections Up 145%: Child support collections have increased by over $123 million-or 145% -- in Tennessee since FY92. [through FY98] Encouraging Responsible Choices-Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Tennessee: Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have supported innovative and promising teen pregnancy prevention strategies, with significant components of the strategy becoming law in the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act. The law requires unmarried minor parents to stay in school and live at home or in a supervised setting; encourages "second chance homes" to provide teen parents with the skills and support they need; and provides $50 million a year in new funding for state abstinence education activities. Efforts are making a difference, adolescent pregnancy rates and teen abortion rates are declining. And between 1992 and 1997, teen birth rates declined 9.7% in Tennessee. $71.7 Million for Tennessee Welfare-to-Work: In 1998 and 1999, Tennessee received $41.8 million in Federal welfare-to-work state formula grants (the state matched $20.9 million in funding), helping Tennessee welfare recipients get and keep jobs. In addition, $9.0 million in competitive grants were awarded to Tennessee localities to support innovative welfare-to-work strategies. Part of the President's comprehensive efforts to move recipients from welfare to work, this funding was included in the $3 billion welfare to work fund in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. Helping People Get to Work: Through the Access to Jobs initiative, the Clinton-Gore Administration is working with communities across the country to design transportation solutions to help welfare recipients and other low-income workers get to and from work. Statewide, Tennessee has received $1.2 million to fund innovative transit projects. In addition, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol, Jackson, and Clarksville have received a total of $2.3 million for these transportation projects.
INVESTING IN TENNESSEE'S HEALTH
Health Care for Uninsured Children: The balanced budget included the largest single investment in health care for children since the passage of Medicaid in 1965 -- an unprecedented $24 billion over five years to cover as many as five million children throughout the nation. This investment guarantees the full range of benefits-from checkups to surgery -- that children need to grow up strong and healthy. It ensures that prescription drugs, vision, hearing, and mental health coverage now offered at the state level are extended to millions of uninsured children. To expand health coverage to more uninsured children in Tennessee the Balanced Budget provided $66 million in 1998. This compares to the 1995 Republican plan vetoed by President Clinton that would have denied health care coverage to 85,700 children in Tennessee. Helping Nearly 150,000 Tennessee Women and Children with WIC: The Clinton Administration is committed to full funding in the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). In FY98, Tennessee received $80.5 million in total WIC grant funding, helping 148,600 women, infants and children in need receive health and food assistance, 18,200 more than in 1994. More Toddlers Are Being Immunized: As a result of the President's 1993 Childhood Immunization Initiative, childhood immunization rates have reached an historic high. According to the CDC, by 1996, 90% or more of America's toddlers received the most critical doses of each of the routinely recommended vaccines-surpassing the President's 1993 goal. In Tennessee in 1997, 98% of two-year olds received the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; 91% received the vaccine for polio; 90% received the vaccine for measles, and 94% received the vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae B, the bacteria causing a form of meningitis. Increased Funding for Ryan White by $21.7 Million: Between 1993 and 1998, Tennessee communities received $21.7 million in Ryan White formula and other HIV/AIDS program funds. This funding provides people living with HIV and AIDS medical and support services, including the AIDS Drug Assistance Program which helps those without insurance obtain much needed prescription drugs. [HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, 12/98] Tobacco Plan Will Cut Smoking and Premature Deaths by 46% in Tennessee: The Clinton Administration's tobacco proposal, combined with the recently enacted state tobacco settlements, will cut youth smoking and resulting premature deaths 46% in Tennessee by 2004. Between 2000 and 2004, 69,900 of Tennessee's youth will be kept from smoking and 22,400 will be spared a premature tobacco-related death. [Treasury Dept., 2/99] 2,300,000 Americans in Tennessee Cannot Be Assured They Have Patient Protections: Even if Tennessee enacted all the protections in the Patients' Bill of Rights, 2,300,000 people in Tennessee cannot be assured they have the comprehensive patient protections recommended by the President's Advisory Commission. This is because the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) may preempt state-enacted protections. That is why the President has called on Congress to pass a federally enforceable patients' bill of rights so that everyone enrolled in managed care may have a basic set of protections. Notably, 1,180,000 Tennessee women are in ERISA health plans and are therefore not necessarily protected. Women are particularly vulnerable without these protections because they are greater users of health care services, they make three-quarters of the health care decisions for their families, and they have specific health care needs addressed by a patients' bill of rights.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
10 Toxic Waste Sites Cleaned Up: Since 1993, the EPA has completed 10 Superfund toxic waste clean-ups in Tennessee. The sites are located in Arlington, Lawrenceburg, Toone, Memphis, Chattanooga, Collierville, Moscow, Gallaway, Lewisburg, and Waynesboro [through 6/99]. There were no Superfund sites cleaned up in Tennessee during the previous twelve years combined. $10.9 Million in Safe Drinking Water Funding: This year [FY99], thanks to President Clinton, Tennessee will receive $10 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds to provide low-interest loans to municipalities to build, improve, and prevent pollution of drinking water systems. In addition, Tennessee will receive $922,100 in Public Water Supply Supervision grants to help monitor drinking water quality and enforce health standards. Revitalizing Brownfields Projects in Knoxville and Memphis: As part of the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to clean up Brownfields, the EPA has awarded grants to two communities in Tennessee-Knoxville and Memphis-for environmental clean-up and economic revitalization. These projects are intended to jump-start local clean-up efforts by providing funds to return unproductive, abandoned, contaminated urban properties to productive use.
SPEARHEADING RURAL AND URBAN RENEWAL EFFORTS
Revitalizing Tennessee's Communities: Memphis, Nashville, and the counties of Fayette, Haywood, and Scott were all designated Enterprise Communities in December, 1994 and were awarded a total of over $10 million to create more jobs, housing, and economic opportunity for area residents. In 1999, Knoxville was designated an Urban Empowerment Zone. Expanding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Will Help Develop 3,700 To 4,500 New Affordable Housing Units in Tennessee Over the Next 5 Years: Last year, the President and Vice President pushed for a 40-percent expansion in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. This year, the President and Vice President will try again to enact tax incentives to develop affordable housing. In Tennessee alone, this proposal would mean an additional 3,700 - 4,500 quality rental housing units for low-income American families during the next five years. Helping Rural Tennessee Families: Since 1993, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested more than $1.2 billion in Tennessee for rural economic development efforts including rural water and sewer, housing and business assistance. [through FY98]
PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF
$156 Million in Federal Emergency Assistance: Since 1993, Tennessee has received $156 million in disaster relief. This includes $56 million for severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in 1998, and $60 million in assistance to recover from a severe winter ice storm that occurred in February of 1994. [FEMA, 12/98]
EXPANDING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT
Over $2 Billion in Federal Highway Aid: Since 1993, Tennessee has received over $2 billion in federal highway aid. Included in this funding is $2.4 million for emergency relief in response to natural disasters. These funds have helped generate nearly 91,743 jobs. [through FY98] Over $222 Million in Aviation Funds: From FY93-FY98 Tennessee received over $222 million in Airport Improvement Plan funds to help build and renovate airports, and, when necessary, to provide funds for noise abatement to improve the quality of life for residents who live near airports. Over $194 Million in Transit Funds: Tennessee has received over $194 million in FTA funds since 1993. Saving Lives and Property: In 1997 the United States Coast Guard saved 13 lives and over $261 million of property in Tennessee.
Last Updated August 1999