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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 NetChoice, July 23, 2012: Washington, D.C. – NetChoice Executive Director Steve DelBianco today testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the dangers of enacting the Main Street Fairness Act (H.R. 3179). While the proposal is intended to put traditional brick-and-mortar retailers on a level playing field with online retailers, it widely misses […]

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Press release from the U.S. Small Business Administration (via PRNewswire.com); July 20, 2012:   ATLANTA, July 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in […]

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The House speaker says the Haslam administration’s contingency plan will “give us some idea of what we could rein back in” when lawmakers take up the task of writing next year’s state government spending plan.

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CORRECTION: This post originally misreported the dollar-amount in proposed cuts to the TennCare budget. The correct figure is $2,253,687,900. TNReport regrets the error and apologizes for any confusion it may have caused. Tennessee government officials are prepared to cut up to $4.5 billion from the state’s $30.8 billion budget and lay off 5,100 people if […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam said he expects the federal government to target programs instead of issuing across-the-board funding cuts to states as part of efforts to reduce the deficit this fall. The governor made the prediction the day after his administration finalized contingency plans for 15 percent and 30 percent federal funding reductions in each state […]

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Memo from Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Mark Emkes; August 18, 2011:  TO: All Agency Heads and Budget Officers FROM: Mark A. Emkes, Commissioner of Finance and Administration SUBJECT: Federal Program Reductions — Please Respond by Wednesday, August 24 Because about 40 percent of the state budget is funded by federal aid and because […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam has been announcing hundreds of millions of dollars in grants for bike trails, landscaping and other projects. The state Department of Transportation expects to spend $12 million on such projects this year.

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Press Release from the Office of Gov. Phil Bredesen, June 4, 2010: NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today requested a Secretarial designation of natural disaster for agriculture for eight additional counties in middle and west Tennessee as a result of the historic rainfall and devastating floods that began April 30. The eight counties include: Cheatham, […]

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Violent 14-18-year-old perpetrators of rape and child molestation could be added to the registry for 25 years if they’re determined at “high risk” of re-offending.

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Also on Monday night, the House of Represents passed a resolution denouncing the federal health care law after debating for almost two hours.

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Statement from Gov. Phil Bredesen on passage of the “Tennessee First to the Top Act” Jan. 15, 2010: “This has been a historic week for public education in Tennessee. I offer my sincere thanks to the leadership and members of the General Assembly for their work in passing this legislation, which will benefit the children […]

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