Governor Bill Haslam unveiled his 2018 priorities Monday evening at his final State of the State Address, presenting a $37.5 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2018-19, with significant initiatives aimed at the state’s opioid crisis and college completion. The college completion initiative—“Complete to Compete”—would require students receiving HOPE and Tennessee Promise Scholarships to take … Continued

Higher Education Funding

House lawmakers passed the state’s $37 billion budget on Friday, just one day after a blowup on the House Floor where member amendments pushed the budget almost half a billion dollars out of balance. On Friday, members hit the reset button, stripping off all amendments added to the budget on Thursday and presenting a “clean … Continued

Higher Education Funding

On Tuesday, the Governor’s proposed budget amendment is expected to be released.  The amendment provides an opportunity to alter the original budget proposal based on the State’s latest forecasted revenues.  We will update advocates of any changes that impact the University of Tennessee.  Senate budget amendments were released last week.  Several amendments relate to the … Continued

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