Tax & Budget

Gov. Bill Haslam is still hesitant to say whether there are parts of the federal health care law Tennessee should refuse to implement if the law sticks. But he says he’s so far unswayed by other Southern governors who’ve vowed to have nothing to do with putting into action parts of Obamacare states are granted […]

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Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, August 16, 2012:  CLARKSVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today a $626,360 transportation enhancement grant to Clarksville for a project that extends a trail along the Red River and completes a walkway in the downtown […]

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Hours after the governor told reporters the state’s system works for overriding local charter school rejections, the Metro Nashville School Board refused to follow the Board of Education’s orders to OK Great Hearts Academies.

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House Speaker Beth Harwell says she’s “really torn” over whether the state should embrace Obamacare enough to build virtual marketplaces for people and businesses to purchase health care coverage. A wave of governors from Southern states have indicated they’ll take a pass and let the federal government manage the Obamacare-mandated exchanges themselves, an idea the […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; August 10, 2012:  Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that nearly $2.1 million in Tennessee Scenic Byways grants have been awarded for three projects across Tennessee. The grants are funded by the Federal Highway Administration as part of their National Scenic Byways Program. […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development; August 10, 2012:  Tennessee Becomes 40th State to Allow Benefits for Trailing Spouses NASHVILLE – Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Karla Davis is announcing changes to unemployment laws that allow a spouse of military personnel facing a military transfer to collect unemployment […]

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Press release from  the Tennessee Department of Transportation; August 10, 2012:  NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $376,623 have been approved for five Tennessee airports. Airports receiving grants include: Lebanon (Wilson County) – Lebanon Municipal Airport Smyrna (Rutherford County) – Smyrna Airport Millington (Shelby County) […]

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Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pick up the tab for lame-duck lawmakers taking out-of-state trips, says House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick. But he won’t ask outgoing legislators who traveled to Chicago this week for the National Conference of State Legislatures’ annual summit to pay the bill themselves, he told reporters Thursday. The lawmakers are either retiring […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Finance & Administration; August 9, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Tennessee revenue collections continued their upward trend in July, but at a much slower pace compared to recent months. Finance and Administration Commissioner Mark Emkes today announced a net positive growth of 4.46% over July collections of one year ago. […]

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Even outgoing legislators are permitted to let taxpayers foot the bill for out-of-state legislative trips, complete with a per diem, travel and lodging expenses.

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Tennessee tobacco farmers will see taxes on their products rise because of legislation passed this year by the General Assembly, mirrored by a provision in the federal highway bill passed in July. Although the highway bill has been touted by Washington politicians as supporting or creating around a million jobs, the provision taxing roll-your-own tobacco […]

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Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; August 1, 2012:  MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $229,789 transportation enhancement grant to the town of Newbern to fund the Depot Connection Project. The project aims to improve […]

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