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Governor Haslam Delivers the Annual State of the State Address

Proposed Haslam Budget Provides Critical Higher Education Funding

Governor Bill Haslam unveiled his FY 2017-18 budget proposal on Monday evening at the State of the State Address, presenting a $37 billion spending plan with significant investments in higher education. The Governor’s budget fully funds the performance-based funding formula for higher education, providing $25 million in new funds to be allocated amongst Tennessee’s public … Continued


Lawmakers Return to Nashville for 110th General Assembly

Lawmakers convened on Capitol Hill this week for the start of the 110th General Assembly, where the first orders of business were electing the House and Senate Speakers. House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) unanimously won reelection and long serving Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) was sworn in as the state’s next Lieutenant Governor and Speaker … Continued

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McNally, Harwell Selected as GOP Nominees for Lieutenant Governor, House Speaker

Republican members of the Tennessee General Assembly convened today for leadership elections within their respective House and Senate Caucuses. Senator Randy McNally of Oak Ridge was unanimously elected as the GOP nominee for Lieutenant Governor. McNally is a retired pharmacist and a UT Health Science Center alumnus. He has served in the powerful role of … Continued

President Joe DiPietro Presents Budget Testimony

UT President Presents Top Funding Requests at Governor’s Budget Hearing

Governor Bill Haslam held his higher education budget hearing on November 8, where UT President Joe DiPietro and other public higher education leaders put forth their top funding requests for the next fiscal year.  The hearing represents a public “launch-point” of sorts in the state’s overall budget process.  State entities, like the University of Tennessee, … Continued

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