Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will give the final State of the State Address of his first term tonight. Little is known about what he will say. But there are some guesses about what he won’t.
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The minority party is sticking with the same legislative priority after failing to make headway last year.
Democrats in the state House laid out an agenda yesterday that includes expanding government programs like pre-K and TennCare. But they admit most of their time will be spent trying to slow down a Republican supermajority.
The state budget is back on track after being put on hold for three hours Wednesday while House Republicans and Democrats negotiated out some “local projects–” sometimes called “pork barrel projects-” that the Senate had slipped in.
Earlier this spring, student groups at Vanderbilt University fought back against a requirement that they accept “all comers.” The rule upset some Tennessee lawmakers, too, and they can vote on Thursday for a bill to essentially express their disapproval. But one is asking for an opinion on whether the bill passes legal muster.ristian groups said if they couldn’t require potential leaders to be Christian, they’d leave the campus.
Cut to the tax are rare, but the measure passed unanimously.
Teachers and other select professionals would lose their licenses if they fall behind on repaying their student loans, under a bill that passed in the state House of Representatives today.
When Republican Governor Bill Haslam delivers his state of the state address Monday night, he may get at least some applause from every corner of the House chamber. The agenda he’s unveiled so far isn’t giving Democrats much to complain about.
Republican state lawmakers are suggesting tweaks to a new teacher evaluation system that has drawn a flood of criticism from educators. Democrats say it could be too flawed to fix.
Tennessee tax collections are higher than anticipated, and Democrats in the state House have a plan for spending that surplus money. They just filed a bill to that effect. But the legislature won’t gather again until January, and Democrats don’t have the votes to pass anything without GOP buy-in.
Members of the Tennessee Education Association in red tee-shirts watched warily last night, as their right to negotiate with school boards survived one more vote. The state House of Representatives delayed considering a kinder, gentler bill regarding collective bargaining. Instead, House members found another way to fight over the teachers’ union.
A bill to strip bargaining rights from the state’s teacher union is on the state House of Representatives agenda Monday night, but it’s not the only bill on the agenda that worries public union members.
The state department charged with recruiting jobs to Tennessee is slashing a third of its staff. Governor Bill Haslam is also taking the focus away from recruiting out-of-state companies. WPLN’s Joe White explains how the Haslam economic development plan is being received.
Democrats on Tennessee’s Capitol Hill are complaining that Republicans aren’t focusing on job creation the way they had promised.
Tennessee lawmakers are expected to finally come to grips with a budget when they meet Wednesday. A proposal in the House has received support of both Democrats and Republicans.
Tennessee House Democrats unveiled their version of a state budget last night – or at leas they described it.
State lawmakers continued to mull the differences between the governor’s proposed budget and another version from Senate Republicans. But Tuesday, nobody was ready to say how they’ll vote.
Several Tennessee legislative leaders are running for higher office. That means they want to end the legislative session early, so they can hit the campaign trail. But a budget fight could slow that down.
Committees of the state House of Representatives passed a spending bill Monday night that doesn’t include some deeper cuts proposed by Republicans.