NASHVILLE — The head of the state Democratic Party today attacked a Republican lawmaker’s bill that seeks to cut cash benefits for parents on welfare whose children don’t attend or do poorly in school.
Chairman Roy Herron said the bill, sponsored Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, would better be named “Starve the Children” and denounced the measure as “perhaps the worst bill yet from the radical Republicans.”
Campfield’s bill, which has drawn national attention, would require parents or caretakers to adhere to a “personality responsibility plan” for their children. Failure to comply would result in the custodian’s receiving a “child only” grant under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...