Haslam: Don’t Look for Radical Changes in First Budget

Governor Bill Haslam says he won’t be pushing for many sweeping changes in his administration’s first budget proposal, because he only took office two months ago.
Haslam is set to give his first state of the state address tonight.

Last week Haslam told a breakfast of business leaders that while he likes being governor, it’s awkward putting out a budget less than two months after taking over.

“The short term – your first budget’s due in six weeks. It’s hard to really go and do a lot of serious restructuring in six weeks, so you do what you can on the first budget, and you begin building your thought process toward ‘how do you change it long-term?’”

Haslam says as Tennessee faces fallout from the recession with no stimulus dollars left to shield it, he’s having to look at cuts just as any business would. He also mentioned he’ll reveal more details tonight about his education agenda.

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