Tax & Budget

Five Tennessee legislators billed taxpayers $13,388 to travel to a conference in August, even though they had already announced their retirement or had been booted by voters.

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A $7.5 million state economic development deal with HCA is one of the first such pacts with a provision for recouping taxpayer money if the company falls short of its promise of 1,000 new jobs. The deal with Hospital Corporation of America will cost state taxpayers through so-called Fast Track grants and an undisclosed amount […]

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State transportation officials say the state needs to start thinking about how to charge drivers for using state roads, but the governor says there’s no consensus to tackle that issue this year. While the state transportation department says the issue is squarely on the administration’s radar, Gov. Bill Haslam says the topic won’t be among […]

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Democrats on Capitol Hill Tuesday accused Republicans of abandoning their mantra of local government control in their handling of a proposed charter school for Nashville. Fired up over the Haslam administration’s fining Metro schools because its school board rejected the charter school application, Democrats said GOP leaders had adopted for the “big government” mindset they purport […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; September 25, 2012:  NASHVILLE, TN – At a candidate forum on Monday, the Democrat nominee for State House in District 25 promoted the implementation of a progressive income tax and a living wage, and keeping in place the death tax. The comments came from the Democrat nominee in […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam says the state should consider tightening rules for where welfare recipients can use their taxpayer-funded benefits. “One of the questions people always have about benefits is, are they being used in the right way? I think, obviously, that’s part of our responsibility,” Haslam told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday. A recent report […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam may be firmly in Mitt Romney’s corner, but he said he disagrees with the GOP presidential candidate’s comment about how 47 percent of Americans are dependent on government and therefore, would probably not vote for him. “I think he made a statement about, ‘Hey, it might be hard to win some folks’ […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; Sept. 5, 2012:  KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $447,776 transportation enhancement grant to the city of Harriman for Phase I of the Riverfront Greenway Project. The greenway trail is part […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; Sept. 5, 2012:  NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $118,071 transportation enhancement grant to White County for the DeRossett Railroad Section House Site Improvement Project. The DeRossett Railroad Section House Site […]

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In the state’s ranking of best and worst performing schools, charter schools were a mixed bag last year. Two charter schools made the state’s top 5 percent list for showing big academic gains, but five showed up as schools with the worst academic records. “It really reflects that a lot of students come to us […]

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Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; August 17, 2012: NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted his disaster declaration request for Washington and its surrounding counties after severe storms and flash flooding occurred Aug. 5, 2012. The declaration includes Carter, Greene, Hawkins, […]

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Haslam expects a lot of wrangling over the next few months on vouchers, pre-K and higher ed. Much of the debate will likely occur within his own party.

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