Tennessee Open Letter to STOP Discriminatory Legislation
Last updated 4/25/2019 at 2 p.m. Click here for the most up-to-date list of signers.
As corporate citizens, we know Tennessee is a great place to do business. The General Assembly and the Administration have historically been good partners in this effort, advancing many business-friendly policies such as lowering taxes, consistently supporting a balanced budget, reforming our worker’s compensation system, and passing tort reform efforts.
Tennessee’s thriving economy is proof that these efforts have paid off. Tennessee tourism is breaking records, with visitors spending more than $20 billion to visit our state in 2017 and generating $1.8 billion in state and local sales tax revenue. We have one of the nation’s lowest state unemployment rates and are recognized as one of the top states for business investment.
Looking forward, it is critical that Tennessee maintain its national reputation as a leader in innovation, job creation, and talent development. As we recruit new talent and seek to retain our world-class workforce, we often face questions about whether our state is a welcoming and inclusive place to live for the LGBT community. It is both a business imperative and a part of our corporate values that all our employees and their families, as well as potential employees, feel welcomed and included in the prosperity of our state.
Tennessee is open for business to all, and as corporate citizens, we want to keep it that way. Legislation that explicitly or implicitly allows discrimination against LGBT people and their families creates unnecessary liability for talent recruitment and retention, tourism, and corporate investment to the state. We’ve seen time and again that discriminatory policies that negatively impact LGBT people and their families have drastic economic consequences, and such policies would surely put Tennessee at an economic disadvantage.
We ask our legislative leaders to help us continue to make Tennessee a welcoming and inclusive state for all people. We appreciate your public service and look forward to continuing our fruitful partnership.
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This letter was organized by the Nashville LGBT Chamber and Freedom for All Americans.