Post Tagged with: "Bill Haslam"

UAW supporters prop up signs of support in their car windows while parked at work. The VW plant in Chattanooga makes the Passat. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Tennessee AG Moves To Get Officials Out Of Testifying At VW Hearings

by / on April 17, 2014

Tennessee’s top lawyer says there’s no reason the governor, legislators and several staff members need to show up in Chattanooga next week. Attorney General Bob Cooper has moved to block subpoenas issued as part of a hearing into the failed union vote at Volkswagen.

Read more ›
Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at VW in May of 2011. He has now been subpoenaed along with 19 others to testify during NLRB hearings in April. Credit: TN Photo Services

Congress Has Questions About Haslam’s VW Incentives

by / on April 16, 2014

Congressional Democrats are now looking into whether Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam may have broken federal labor laws. Recently-leaked documents show he offered Volkswagen money based on the outcome of a union vote.

Read more ›
Americans for Prosperity Tennessee collected the signatures of 92 lawmakers of the 132 members in the General Assembly. Credit: AFPTN via Facebook

Haslam Says Cutting Hall Tax Still Not Top Priority

by / on April 15, 2014

Despite being targeted with a critical radio ad from Americans for Prosperity, Governor Bill Haslam says cutting the Hall income tax is not priority number one.

Read more ›
Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at VW in May of 2011. He has now been subpoenaed along with 19 others to testify during NLRB hearings in April. Credit: TN Photo Services

Haslam And Corker Subpoenaed To Testify On VW Union Vote

by / on April 9, 2014

Attorneys for the United Auto Workers are trying to make U.S. Senator Bob Corker and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam testify later this month. The National Labor Relations Board is investigating whether there was a coordinated effort to prevent unionization at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

Read more ›
Top House GOP officials spoke to members at a caucus meeting Wednesday, with some warning it's unlikely the state will find enough money for raises or bonuses this year. (Photo: Daniel Potter/WPLN)

Republican Floats Compromise To Salvage Teacher Pay Raises

by / on April 9, 2014

In a meeting with his fellow GOP lawmakers, Rep. Matthew Hill proposed to do a combination of things to boost pay, including re-allocated some money and counting on additional tax revenue next year.

Read more ›
UAW Wants To Delay VW Hearings After New Documents Come To Light

UAW Wants To Delay VW Hearings After New Documents Come To Light

by / on April 2, 2014

The United Auto Workers wants to delay hearings into whether Republican politicians swayed a union vote at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant. New documents show the state had $300 million in government incentives riding on what happened there.

Read more ›
Kathleen Sebelius visited a health clinic in Madison on Thursday to make a pitch for the Affordable Care Act.  Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Sebelius Says Many Thousands Will Go Uninsured Unless Tennessee Expands Medicaid

by / on March 27, 2014

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius visited Nashville on Thursday and warned that not expanding Medicaid in Tennessee could leave thousands uninsured. Sebelius visited Nashville on Thursday and warned that not expanding Medicaid in Tennessee could leave thousands uninsured.

Read more ›
Sebelius To Hit Nashville On Obamacare Whistlestop Tour

Sebelius To Hit Nashville On Obamacare Whistlestop Tour

by / on March 26, 2014

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will make a stop in Nashville Thursday. She’s on a last-minute tour ahead of the deadline to enroll for health insurance.

Read more ›
Tennessee Teacher Sues Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Huffman Over Tying Pay to Test Scores

Tennessee Teacher Sues Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Huffman Over Tying Pay to Test Scores

by / on March 20, 2014

It is the second such lawsuit the union has filed this month, but the first against top state officials.

Read more ›
On Thursday, Governor Bill Haslam signed legislation allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores. Credit: TN Photo Services

Year’s First Public Bill Signing For Haslam: Wine In Supermarkets

by / on March 20, 2014

A proposal allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores got special treatment at the state capitol Thursday. Governor Bill Haslam held his first public bill signing of the year.

Read more ›
Failed Proposal To Elect Tennessee School Board Reveals Broader Motivations

Failed Proposal To Elect Tennessee School Board Reveals Broader Motivations

by / on March 19, 2014

It looks like Governor Bill Haslam will keep appointing members of the state school board. But a failed proposal to take that power away reveals the motivations behind a legislative power grab.

Read more ›
Governor Bill Haslam's voucher proposal would be restricted to low-income students in low-performing schools, which are mostly in Memphis and Nashville. Haslam has not made vouchers a priority, instead moving forward reluctantly. Several conservative groups - including the Beacon Center - have made vouchers a core issue. Credit: Elizabeth Albert via Flickr

Is Governor Haslam’s Voucher Proposal Being Pulled For Good?

by / on March 18, 2014

The fate of school vouchers in Tennessee was thrown into doubt Tuesday as the governor’s proposal was effectively withdrawn from consideration in the state House. The sponsoring lawmaker says it’s just a scheduling issue.

Read more ›
Haslam Leans On Teachers To Sway Public Over Common Core

Haslam Leans On Teachers To Sway Public Over Common Core

by / on March 18, 2014

Governor Bill Haslam is trying to show public opinion is on his side when it comes to Common Core, even if the legislature is turning against him.

Read more ›
Every lawmaker in the chamber stood and applauded as Gov. Bill Haslam described his plan to pay community college tuition for anyone who needs it during his State of the State address in February. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

To Sell Free Community College Plan, Tennessee Governor Meets Universities In The Middle

by / on March 18, 2014

Governor Bill Haslam is starting to compromise on his administration’s proposal to pay the full tuition for anyone going to community college.

Read more ›
Many of those at Tuesday's rally complained of an increasing reliance on temporary workers, including universities who refuse to bring adjunct faculty into full time roles. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Unions Rally At Tennessee Capitol, Say Living Wage Isn’t Lost Cause

by / on March 11, 2014

Unions from around the state rallied at the Tennessee capitol Tuesday in support of raising the minimum wage, despite the defeat of a minimum wage proposal last month.

Read more ›
Haslam Says Governors Offended At White House’s Lack Of Trust In States

Haslam Says Governors Offended At White House’s Lack Of Trust In States

by / on February 24, 2014

Tennessee’s governor says President Obama needs to give more authority to states.

Read more ›
Treasurer David Lillard (left) oversees much of the state's cash, including the more than $400 million lottery reserve fund which would be used under Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to pay for community college. Credit: TN Photo Services

Does The Math Work On Haslam’s Free Community College Plan?

by / on February 13, 2014

One of the outstanding questions on Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to offer free community college is whether the financing will really work. That’s even a question to the state’s top money-man, Treasurer David Lillard.

Read more ›
Under Governor Haslam's "Tennessee Promise" proposal, high school graduates would be able to get two years of community college paid for. The funding comes primarily from a new $300 million endowment created from the state's lottery reserves. Credit: COD Newsroom via Flickr

Free Community College: As Initial Praise Dies Down, Concerns Crop Up

by / on February 7, 2014

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to make community college free to high school grads received instant national praise this week. One education leader calls it the best idea to boost college-going rates in a generation. But concerns are beginning to be raised.

Read more ›
Community College Looking More Attractive Than Universities Thanks To Haslam’s Proposal

Community College Looking More Attractive Than Universities Thanks To Haslam’s Proposal

by / on February 4, 2014

Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to pay community college tuition for anyone graduating in Tennessee also comes with a corresponding cut in the existing HOPE scholarship for four-year schools. And the proposal is already reshaping some higher education plans.

Read more ›
Photos: State Of The State, From Beginning To End

Photos: State Of The State, From Beginning To End

by / on February 3, 2014

Experience Gov. Bill Haslam’s fourth State of the State address in pictures from photographer Stephen Jerkins.

Read more ›