Bill Haslam

Things really are getting worse in Washington.

NPR reports Congress members talk like 10th graders, which is back a grade level from 2005.

Report: Governor Haslam's Transparency Record is Mixed

May 21, 2012

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says it's "not easy" to strike a balance between efficiency and transparency in state government.

Governor Haslam Considers Pre-K Expansion

May 18, 2012

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is considering a funding boost for the state's public pre-kindergarten program, a move that would put him at odds with some fellow Republicans in the Legislature.

"...this is one of the cleanest proteins you can get."

NPR reports a new company has come up with a chicken alternative that tastes like the real thing. 

Kentucky ~ Rand gets rejected in Washington.

Haslam Signs Tennessee $31 Billion Spending Plan

May 17, 2012

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed the state's more than $31 billion dollar annual spending plan. The budget includes a reduced sales tax on groceries, an increase in the exemption for the inheritance tax, and enhanced penalties for gang and gun crimes. 

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed a measure allowing parents to opt their children out of extracurricular school activities.  

Tennessee Cracks Down on Tattoos

May 16, 2012

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed a proposal cracking down on the tattooing of minors into law.  The law makes it illegal for anyone who is unlicensed to possess tattooing paraphernalia. 

Haslam's Second Legislative Session No Slam Dunk

May 7, 2012

In the months following his first legislative session, freshman Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was able to boast in speeches about unanimous approval of his budget plan and a near perfect record with his legislative agenda.  The Republican's sophomore effort wasn't quite as much of a slam dunk.

Haslam Vetoes Nondiscrimination Bill

May 3, 2012

The governor has vetoed a measure that tried to force Vanderbilt University to exempt student religious groups from its nondiscrimination policy. The university's so-called "all-comers" policy requires student groups at the school to allow any interested students to join and run for office. Some religious groups have waged a high-profile battle to overturn it. Haslam says he disagrees the universities policy, but he says it's "inappropriate for government to mandate the policies of a private institution." The veto is Haslam's first since he took office in 2010.

Governor Haslam Won't Sign Foreign Employment Limit Bill

May 3, 2012

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he will allow a bill seeking to limit the number of foreign workers at charter schools to become law without his signature. Haslam says he questions the constitutionality of the measure and doesn't want to harm the state's efforts to improve education standards. But he notes the bill is "permissive and not mandatory," so he will let it become law while he asks for a formal legal opinion from the attorney general.