The man from TAKL: Senate majority leader appears in TV ad for employer

Jack Johnson isn’t just the state Senate majority leader. He’s also a TV pitchman for his employer, Takl.

“Growing a business is tough,” Johnson (R-Franklin) says in the ad, according to The Tennessean. “Sometimes you have to think outside the box.”

The Franklin based company is owned Willis Johnson (no relation to Jack Johnson), who gave $8,000 to Gov. Bill Lee’s gubernatorial campaign in 2018, the paper report.

Johnson was chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee when the panel first advanced a 2018 bill to exempt “marketplace platforms” like Takl, Shipt, TaskRabbit, Handy, and Postmates, from traditional employee requirements by declaring their workers to independent contractors.

The measure became law despite concerns raised by then-Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration that the measure threatened to unravel social safety net provisions for employees, including minimum wage requirements, overtime pay, health insurance, unemployment insurance, and worker’s compensation coverage.

The bill was sponsored by Senate Finance Chairman Bo Watson (R-Hixson). Johnson disclosed his role in the company that could benefit from the law change, but did not abstain from voting in favor of the measure.

See the ad here.


14 Responses to The man from TAKL: Senate majority leader appears in TV ad for employer

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    We certainly don’t want to pay for a full time legislator in terms of salaries or the bigger government that will inevitably follow – three or four months per year is just fine to a conservative with a libertarian streak like myself. Thus our legislators find full time jobs commensurate with their education and experience including their familiarity to the public gained from their being in the legislature which makes them a good spokesman for some privately owned business. Apparently the ever vigilantly liberal Tennessean has found a tea pot without noticing there was no tempest inside.

  • James White says:

    “Growing a business is tough,” Johnson says ….. but when you write the laws, it gets easier….

    • MARLE says:

      Writing laws that help your business pals then doing advertising For Them….that’s a brilliant way to get the payoff above board and in the light of day.

  • Beatrice Shaw says:

    no relation? hmmmpffff. Sounds like DADDY to me

  • Donna Locke says:

    This is a good example of how your legislature fails you and has no intention of interfering with anything Business wants to do. Your legislators slither up to the Capitol to enable the most damaging actions of the profiteers, which include the legislators themselves. Illegal aliens and legal aliens without work permits slide under the enforcement radar by being employed as independent contractors in construction, etc. Benefits such as health insurance, forget it. The employers, of course, know all this, and in this escape from responsibility and accountabiliy are happy to have taxpayers subsidize their employees in so many ways.

    It’s a good example of what’s going on with jobs in the real economy, where people are employed but the jobs don’t get them anywhere.

    Really, folks, pitch the Republicans and Democrats out of office and replace them with sane independents who will stop the selling of you and your kids down the river to a terrible future. Encourage such independents to run for office and support them.

    • MARLE says:

      And the reward for all the good corporate citizenship you described was a 2017 Tax Cut of 42% plus the removal of the Alternative Minimum Tax plus 100% depreciation in yr 1 AND continued deduction of all state and local taxes (something denied to individual tax filers)!!!

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        A tax cut that was long overdue in order to make the United States competitive with other industrialized countries. Lower taxes made for the strong economy we are enjoying today. It is simply common sense that in this time of easy international commerce you have relatively low taxes in order to encourage productive citizens to locate their businesses in your jurisdiction whether that jurisdiction is the United States or Tennessee. Again, we don’t have a low tax problem, we have a high spending problem.

        BTW, state and local taxes are deductible by individual filers but limited to $10,000 which prevents those of us in well run conservative states like Tennessee from subsidizing the profligacy of the liberal high tax states like California. We may not like Trump, but we should like many of his policies.

        • MARLE says:

          That wasn’t the Rate that most paid……that was the Rate they belly-ached to the ignorant public about. The Strong economy we have has been created by de-regulation, the Fed creating near-free money AND our willingness to ADD 1 T to the debt each year, and into the future since the tax cuts (in spite of a strong economy). Under your policy concepts we should just put the entire budget on the credit card and give Everyone a 42% tax cut. What a great economy we’d have then!

        • MARLE says:

          Limiting the amount to 10K after you’ve jacked up the Standard Deduction to 12K (by eliminating the Personal exemption) is meaningless to most filers. And those blue liberal states are the very ones who are contributing the most to the FED income tax which pays for ALL of our Great Military and our Great Military Veterans among many other line items (including food stamps and Medicaid neither of which they use as much of per capita).

          • Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Those liberal states are mismanaged and are suffering from the pathology that afflict all jurisdictions governed by left-wing governments, in the words of St. Margaret Thatcher they’re “. . .running out of other people’s money” so they have to jack up taxes in order to support their bloated government. The majority who live in those states adhere to an ideology that makes for bad government and bad society and those of us who support ideologies that make for small governments that result in low taxes should not have to subsidize them no matter how much they are taxed by the federal government because they happen to be wealthier.

        • MARLE says:

          We certainly DO have a spending problem and it has gotten worse under both Rep and Dems AND neither has any problem with the Credit card solution.

    • MARLE says:

      We’ve had “spending problems” in the past. WW2 created a huge deficit but the people who went off to Fight the war came home to Pay the debt created with High Taxes. And yet they survived and thrived. Reagan reduced taxes across the board at 28% Top Rate for Individuals, for Corporations, and for Capital Gains……No entity given special low ball tax rates while others paid more.

      And Trump/Mnuchin had the nerve to sell their tax plan as being “like Reagan’s”.

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