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
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
After lagging statewide voter turnout, the unofficial results are in for the state’s Primary Election. Overall, most incumbents won their primary challenges and only two incumbents were unseated, both in the House of Representatives.
With the legislature rapidly approaching adjournment, sponsors of SB 1912 and its companion bill HB 2248 came to a compromise on a bill that will defund the University of Tennessee- Knoxville’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The bill would restrict all state funds from being expended by the University to promote the use of gender … Continued
A newly amended version of SB 1912 was passed out of full Senate Education Committee Wednesday afternoon by a 7-1 vote. The bill, which targets the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, would restrict all state funds from being expended by the University to promote the use of gender neutral pronouns, to promote or inhibit the celebration … Continued