The Legislature Has Adjourned: How Did This Session Impact UT?

The Tennessee General Assembly has officially adjourned for the year after considering the final legislative calendars and passing the State’s $33 billion spending plan for FY15-16.  A number of higher education issues impacting UT were addressed this session.  We’ve been keeping our UT Advocacy Network up-to-date through our weekly legislative report, The Weekly Watch.  If … Continued

Higher Education Funding

Lawmakers Unanimously Advance UT Budget

The University of Tennessee had one of its busiest weeks on the Hill so far this session, as lawmakers in three legislative committees heard the proposed UT budget and questioned higher education leadership on a variety of topics. President Joe DiPietro outlined for lawmakers the urgent situation faced by the UT System:  A $377M forecasted … Continued

Higher Education Funding

UT Gardens: One Step Closer to Designation as “Official Botanical Garden of the State”

HB29 (Eldridge R-Jackson)/SB71 (Massey R-Knoxville) passed in the House State Government subcommittee today on a voice vote. The bill will designate the University of Tennessee’s botanical gardens as the official botanical garden of the state. The botanical gardens contain over 4,000 annuals, perennials, herbs, tropicals, trees, shrubs, vegetables and ornamental grasses and are open to … Continued

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