Budget hearings continued again this week, with UT presenting budget testimony before the House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee.  During the hearing, the following “good news” was shared.  Echoing these points to your local delegations is helpful as budget decisions will be made in the coming months.   The State of UT is strong. Tuition … Continued

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Legislation designating public university athletics venues as “sports authorities” for purposes of selling alcohol at special events passed by wide margins on the Senate and House Floors this week. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) and Sen. Becky Duncan Massey (R-Knoxville), is supported by the University of Tennessee.  The main purpose behind the … Continued

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Governor Bill Lee delivered his first annual State of the State Address on Monday, March 4, outlining a $38.6 billion spending plan for the FY19-20 fiscal year that includes the largest single investment in the Rainy Day fund in the state’s history. The Governor highlighted his initiatives surrounding higher education, vocational and technical education, criminal … Continued

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Interim UT President Randy Boyd was invited to address the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, during the Committee’s first official meeting of the year.  Boyd provided the Committee with an overview of the University of Tennessee System and the positive impact occurring throughout the state.  Boyd also highlighted his six priorities and discussed the importance of the recently announced Transparent … Continued

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