Fincher makes history in Weakley County

Fincher makes history in Weakley County
Fincher makes history in Weakley County | Congressman Stephen Fincher

THE NEXT GENERATION – Con. Stephen Fincher (right) met with constituents in Weakley County Monday afternoon in downtown Martin to announce the opening of his district office on S. Lindell Street. Joining him were 15-year-old Stephen Smartt (center) and

THE NEXT GENERATION – Con. Stephen Fincher (right) met with constituents in Weakley County Monday afternoon in downtown Martin to announce the opening of his district office on S. Lindell Street. Joining him were 15-year-old Stephen Smartt (center) and his father, Phillip. Greenfield native Hannah Wade Powell will be the point person for the district office.

For the first time that anyone can ever remember, Weakley Countians will have a direct access to a congressman through a downtown office location in Martin.

Con. Stephen Fincher paid a visit to the Weakley County Republican headquarters on Monday afternoon to announce the soft opening of an office in downtown Martin.

This was one of four offices that Fincher plans to open across the 8th Congressional District. Thus far, he has a main office in Jackson, an office in Dyersburg, an office in Martin and plans for an office in Dickson.

While at the S. Lindell Street Republican headquarters, the fresh congressman let it be known his personal goals while in office this first session.

A guest questioned the ever-rising gas prices and how the congressman could, if possible, help alleviate, the effects on his constituents’ wallets.

Fincher answered that in six months, only one permit had issued for off-shore drilling. He added that he had requested of the president to begin oil drilling in a small portion of ANWAR.

“Who pays the price when oil is $150 a barrel? You do. Those prices won’t help get us out of this recession,” Fincher noted.

The discussion eventually turned from gas and oil prices to the country’s seemingly heavy burden of taxes for corporations, according to the congressman.

Fincher admitted he had recently met with almost 50 CEOs of companies who ad moved overseas.

According to the Republican representative, those businesses “want to bring their jobs back to America,” but that move would supposedly bear the price tag of a 35 percent corporate tax rate.

‘Our tax system needs to help these businesses create jobs and it’s not doing that right now,” Fincher told the crowd.

Fincher also announced that the House of representatives is working on slicing and dicing – the budget – at this point, but the Senate has blocked their efforts.

He shared that a proposed $100 billion in discretionary and non-discretionary cuts were proposed, but failed at the Senate level.

“These cuts are from only 14 percent of the federal budget. I don’t want to see us destroy our infrastructure and cut everything that is good out of this country.  That is what is happening. I can assure you that we are not shutting down the government. We have a chance to fix this now and we can,” Fincher commented.

State Rep. Andy Holt was also on hand for the announcement of the opening of a district office by Fincher and his staff.

Holt said he and the congressman toured the MTD Products facility in Martin before joining Republicans downtown.

Holt appeared optimistic that people were “still willing to get up and go to work” as was evident to him at the local factory.

The freshman representative said on a personal level, he was keeping in contact with the state’s economic and community development office on a weekly basis.

“When Goodyear announced it was leaving, that gave us a bargaining tool with the state. It gives us a chance to prioritize and say ‘o.k., now what are you going to do for us,’” Holt commented.

‘We don’t want to focus on just one project. We have the potential to grow if we just take the lid off and let the free market do its job,” Holt added.

From there, guests and dignitaries strolled down the street to stand in front of the building that will house one of Fincher’s district offices.

The logistics of how long and what days the office will be open are still being finalized and will be announced at a later date.

Greenfield-native Hannah Wade-Powell will serve as point person in the office.

Fincher’s district office is located within the Weakley County Economic Development District office on S. Lindell Street in downtown Martin.

wcp 3/22/11

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