Lawmakers are yet to begin budget deliberations in a legislation session now anticipated to continue until mid-May. Legislative sessions in recent years have adjourned in mid-April, but the one thing members must do (per the Tennessee Constitution) is pass a balanced budget prior to adjourning. Lawmakers are awaiting the Governor’s Budget Amendment before considering a … Continued

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Haslam to Deliver State of the State Tonight

Tonight, Governor Bill Haslam will address a joint session of the House and Senate in his annual State of the State address to kick off the first regular session of the 109th General Assembly. The yearly address is an important part of the legislative process, formalizing Gov. Haslam’s policy priorities and setting the tone for … Continued

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State Revenue Update

The first three months of the State’s fiscal year, which began in August, held good news:  revenues bounced upward, a welcome trend after lagging revenues plagued the 2013-2014 fiscal year. However, the most recently released figures from November mark the first point in the 2014-2015 fiscal year where revenues were less than the budgeted estimate:  … Continued

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