by Jeff Woods
"Our state will blow through the $141 million from the federal government in one month, and Tennesseans will be stuck paying for increased benefits for years," continued Rep. Kelsey. "It is fiscally irresponsible to tax Tennessee workers in the middle of a recession to pay for an expansion in government benefits. Now is the time for state government to be tightening its belt, not loosening it."Now is also the time for Kelsey to check his facts. As Bredesen explained only this morning, Tennessee's unemployment benefits are so pathetically low that the $140 million actually could last nearly an entire decade. So no tax increase will be necessary at least until then. As you may recall, Kelsey's pushing a resolution urging the governor to reject all the stimulus money. That's $4.5 billion that Kelsey thinks we should spurn as a matter of principle, namely that we shouldn't help unemployed people because there aren't very many of them in Germantown. "I still plan to move forward with House Joint Resolution 150 and with legislation to accomplish the same goal," Kelsey says.