Bill Haslam

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam won't create a state-run health insurance exchange, leaving the operation to the federal government. Haslam announced his decision during a speech today.

The Republican governor had until Friday to decide. He says the federal government has not provided enough information.

The deadline nears for Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to decide how the state will comply with a key component of the federal health care law. Haslam’s administration has been on the fence about whether to recommend a state-run health insurance exchange or to defer to the federal government to create it.

A recent poll shows Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has strong bipartisan support among that state’s voters. The Middle Tennessee State University poll shows about 75 percent of Republicans and Independents approve of Governor Haslam, along with 54 percent of Democrats.

Tennessee’s education commissioner says he doesn’t plan to request funds for expanding pre-kindergarten classes, but democratic leaders say they plan to speak with Governor Bill Haslam about considering an expansion.

From NPR: If you thought last month's Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act was the final word on the legality of the health law, think again.

GOP Chapters Call for Sanctions for Haslam

Jul 18, 2012

At least two chapters of the Tennessee Republican Party say Governor Bill Haslam isn’t conservative enough and they’ve passed resolutions calling on state party leaders to sanction him.  

Tennessee Test Scores Up

Jun 27, 2012

Proficiency levels are up in all but one of Tennessee’s latest elementary and middle school student assessments. Governor Bill Haslam credits the state’s recent emphasis on improving education standards. 

Lawmakers Host Jobs Hearing in Tennessee

Jun 18, 2012

Republican lawmakers are hosting a conference in Tennessee aimed at loosening federal regulations they say hinder job growth.  

Tennessee Education Review to Identify Key Concern

Jun 11, 2012

The head of an education foundation commissioned by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to review the state's new teacher evaluation system says it’s identified a key concern teachers have about the testing data used to evaluate them and will propose recommendations to address it.  

Governor Haslam Signs Bill to Help Unemployed

May 25, 2012

Governor Bill Haslam has signed a proposal to help Tennesseans get off unemployment and find a job.  The legislation, called the "Tennessee Works Act.,” unanimously passed both the state House and Senate.