VIDEO: State workers travel to retreat at taxpayer expense, celebrate Mardi Gras

VIDEO: State workers travel to retreat at taxpayer expense, celebrate Mardi Gras

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officials from all over the state gathered for a two-day retreat at rural Montgomery Bell State Park this week. There, they celebrated Mardi Gras. To see more, watch the following YouTube video.

 

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  • Ithamar

    Well, we Tennessee taxpayers have so much excess money I guess it doesn’t hurt to waste some of it, does it? Gov. Haslam seems to think so. He is pushing hard for a massive gas tax increase while he personally waste billions with his “fast tract” authority doling out billions to his friends in industry, like the Ryman tourism industry in Nashville.

  • taxpayer

    This report is a ridiculous assessment of a state employee staff meeting and a baseless inference of misuse/waste of taxpayer funds. It’s perfectly reasonable to expect employees from across the state to come together in one setting for training and discussions regarding their work for this state. These people devote their careers to helping this state. Trying to make hay on this issue is laughable and shows a true lack of meaningful investigation or purpose. This "watchdog" needs some new tricks, and probably a new job.

  • Jamorious

    So what? They work hard. They deserve this.

  • worker

    This website seems to be devoted to a kind of gotcha-style journalism. I mean, the name says it all so it’s not surprising. That being said it’s so disappointing to see any of my fellow Tennesseans looking down on the state for thanking workers that help keep our state beautiful and worth loving. I love my state and I love my city. I’m saddened by the amount of poverty I’ve seen around me my whole life and couldn’t be more pleased with the Governor’s push to make trade school free and fix our roads and maybe even make college free one day. Our state is experiencing a tourism/industry/tech/healthcare boom and laying the foundation for sustainability to match our stability in our moderate local politics. We are slowly moving to becoming a big player in the American economy, but no without difficulty. The prices keep going up on everything. The rich only come here for the tax breaks and lapsed labor laws. The enormous working class is struggling to keep up with all the tax breaks for the wealthy and carpetbaggers from California. This state needs more skilled workers just so people can pay their rent and hospital bills. Why spit on this? Why not say thank you to a state laborer? We give banks, money lenders, real estate agencies, car manufacturers, and retailers expensive incentive just to come here with no guarantee that they’ll stay. Just not a big deal is all I’m saying.

  • worker

    This website seems to be devoted to a kind of gotcha-style journalism. I mean, the name says it all so it’s not surprising. That being said it’s so disappointing to see any of my fellow Tennesseans looking down on the state for thanking workers that help keep our state beautiful and worth loving. I love my state and I love my city. I’m saddened by the amount of poverty I’ve seen around me my whole life and couldn’t be more pleased with the Governor’s push to make trade school free and fix our roads and maybe even make college free one day. Our state is experiencing a tourism/industry/tech/healthcare boom and laying the foundation for sustainability to match our stability in our moderate local politics. We are slowly moving to becoming a big player in the American economy, but no without difficulty. The prices keep going up on everything. The rich only come here for the tax breaks and lapsed labor laws. The enormous working class is struggling to keep up with all the tax breaks for the wealthy and carpetbaggers from California. This state needs more skilled workers just so people can pay their rent and hospital bills. Why spit on this? Why not say thank you to a state laborer? We give banks, money lenders, real estate agencies, car manufacturers, and retailers expensive incentive just to come here with no guarantee that they’ll stay. Just not a big deal is all I’m saying.

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