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Republicans on Capitol Hill take pride in saying they want to reduce spending, but they ended up handing taxpayers the bill for $23 million in projects GOP lawmakers themselves identified as pork.

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Statement by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; May 18, 2012: Dear Friend, Earlier this month, the 107th General Assembly concluded its business. My goals for this legislature were the same ones I had when first elected: give the people of Tennessee what they have asked for: more jobs, less spending and smaller government. Now, with partners […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam says he signed the state’s $31.5 billion spending plan Tuesday, putting into action a state budget that is $627 million less than this year’s. In an interview with TNReport Tuesday afternoon, Haslam said he’s proud of the budget plan, which spends about $400 million more than he originally pitched to lawmakers and […]

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Commentary by Kent Flanagan, Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, May 3, 2012: Secrecy seemed to be a common thread running through the session of the Tennessee Legislature that ended May 1. The latest “secret” revealed is that key members of the Legislature met on April 23 at a Nashville restaurant of the session to work […]

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Press release from the Tennessee House Republican Caucus; May 1, 2012: NASHVILLE, Tenn.—With the passage of the Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget for the State of Tennessee, lawmakers from Anderson and Roane Counties are touting their successful effort to secure vital funding for Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus. Representative John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) said […]

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Democrats in the House of Representatives are looking to dish up a bigger slice of tax cut for Tennesseans who purchase their groceries in the state. During a Legislative Plaza press conference Thursday, Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh, caucus chairman Mike Turner, D-Old Hickory, and other party members laid out a plan to put ballooning state […]

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“There’s not enough taxpayer money available to fund everything that people would like to see us fund,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris. Lawmakers are reviewing spending proposals for $5 million in the governor’s budget for projects brought by legislators.

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“I don’t think government’s evil. I don’t even think it’s a necessary evil,” Haslam said. “I think it’s a critical way that we provide needed services.”

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His plan would save a family that spends $884 a month on groceries $26.52 per year. Haslam announced other increases to his budget plan that benefit Radnor Lake State Natural Area in Nashville and boost local jails housing state prisoners.

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Gov. Bill Haslam expects to release a list of edits to his budget plan Monday, but is staying quiet about how he wants to spend an unexpected influx of taxpayer dollars collected by the state. The governor did say he doubts there will be room in his $31 million budget for Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s […]

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Press Release from Middle Tennessee State University; Jan. 30, 2012: MTSU applauds Haslam’s decision to include Science Building in budget MURFREESBORO—Middle Tennessee State University applauded Gov. Bill Haslam’s announcement Monday night that the University’s $126.7 million Science Building project has been included in his proposed 2012-13 budget. “We are grateful to Governor Haslam for recognizing […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam will announce his proposed budget on Capitol Hill Monday. The state anticipates collecting about $300 million more in tax revenues next fiscal year than this year as the economy continues to recover.

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