The Tennessean reports via WBIR that the Haslam administration has been bragging about paying lower incentives than previous administrations, just as a $30 million payoff to Eastman Chemical was revealed that works out to $100,000 per job. This is despite the fact that they have paid nearly $350,000 in fines since 2009 for various environmental violations.
The company was threatening (blackmailing) the state saying they would do a planned expansion somewhere else if they didn't get the money. According to the article, Tom Ingram's company represents Eastman.
In other news, Tom Humphrey reports that "The Chicago-based company that holds a controversial multimillion-dollar contract to manage state government buildings and leases has hired a lobbyist who formerly worked for House Speaker Beth Harwell and the state Republican Party."
Tom Humphrey also reports that the Haslams are the 1% of the 1% when it comes to political spending. The money quote is Jim Haslam saying they aren't contributions, they're "investments."
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