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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Republican lawmakers are second-guessing a $5 million venture by Governor Bill Haslam to create an online university for Tennesseans. Haslam introduced the proposal to bring a branch of Western Governor’s University to Tennessee during his State of the State address in January.
Governor Bill Haslam laid out a plan in his third state of the state address to cut taxes, pay state employees more and still save money for a rainy day. Hot button policy proposals were mentioned, but far from fully fleshed out.
Tennessee’s governor laid out a budget proposal last night that’s primarily filled with moderate investments here and there. Most of the state’s added revenue will be taken up by rising costs in health care and education. But Governor Bill Haslam did propose a small raise for state workers and an injection of cash for the Rainy Day fund.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says now is not the time to expand the state’s Medicaid program. But in his State of the State address Monday night, Haslam did not close the door to opening up Tenncare in the future.
Monday night Governor Bill Haslam will make his annual State of the State address, when he gives his assessment of Tennessee’s state of affairs. The speech is largely about money and policy, and the governor has $300-$400 million in new tax revenue to play with this year.
Governor Bill Haslam spent part of his State of the State address Monday highlighting two small, but meaningful shifts in Tennessee’s budget. One is a reversal in the trend toward privatization.
Governor Bill Haslam spent his second State of the State address trying to sell his proposed structural changes to the government. He also outlined a budget that’s roughly the same size as last year’s. And the governor took a shot at inspiring residents not to settle for the current state of the state.
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.
Higher education leaders expressed disappointment, but not surprise, in Governor Bill Haslam’s decision to cut spending for universities, community colleges and trade schools.
In his State of the State address, Governor Bill Haslam called on Tennesseans to be “cheerleaders” for great teachers. The governor’s comments come amid a flurry of bills to reduce the political power of the state’s teachers union.
Governor Bill Haslam’s first State of the State speech comes at a difficult time for Tennessee: unemployment is on the rise and federal stimulus money is gone. WPLN’s State Capitol Correspondent Joe White joins Jacqueline Fellows for a preview of the Governor’s speech.
More information and links regarding Governor Bredesen’s “State of the State” speech from February 1, 2010.
Governor Phil Bredesen outlined more than one thousand state employee layoffs in Tuesday night’s budget address.
Tuesday night, Governor Phil Bredesen proposed a three percent bonus for state employees. It would go to general workers , teachers and employees in higher education.
Tennesseans will pay more for their driver’s licenses beginning in October, under a recommendation made by Governor Phil Bredesen in his budget address last night.
Eight years ago Phil Bredesen had to cut back on an over-optimistic budget left by the previous governor. Bredesen has made it clear he intends his last budget as governor to be a lot friendlier to the incoming administration.
Governor Phil Bredesen says he’s planning layoffs of some state employees, but won’t reveal the exact number until his state budget address Monday night.