The governor has asked all state agencies to submit a contingency plan for 5 percent reductions, and the state’s higher education schools complied with an outline that would trim spending by $55.1. But their real desire is to see a $28.7 million bump, an increase of 2.7 percent.


Former Gov. Phil Bredesen said a report critical of the tax variances awarded by former Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr was motivated by politics. Bredesen made the comments following a discussion Tuesday with students at the University of the South in Sewanee.

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Money for school safety programs is on the decline, but some officials say there’s plenty they can do to create a safe environment without costing taxpayers too much cash.