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TN. Gov . Bill Haslam’s Monthly Column

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Last week during my annual State of the State address, I was excited to announce a new proposal called the “Tennessee Promise.”  The Tennessee Promise is an ongoing commitment to Tennessee students – from kindergartners to high school seniors.  We will promise that high school graduates can attend two years of community college or a college of applied technology absolutely free of tuition and fees.  As we urge more Tennesseans

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  • How Best To Make Early Childhood Education Available

    Posted on February 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate education committee, urged Congress to fully implement the 200 Head Start Centers of Excellence it previously authorized in 2007, saying “the question is not whether, but how best to make early childhood education available to the largest possible number of children in order to give them more of an equal opportunity.” The senator delivered his remarks at a hearing

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  • Gov. Haslam Introduces The “Tennessee Promise”

    Posted on February 4, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    During his fourth annual State of the State address before the General Assembly, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam introduced the “Tennessee Promise.” The historic proposal commits to providing on a continuing basis two years of community college or a college of applied technology (TCAT) absolutely free of tuition and fees to graduating high school seniors. “Through the Tennessee Promise, we are fighting the rising cost of higher education, and we are

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  • Free Credit Monitoring For Target Store Customers

    Posted on January 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper is urging all Tennessee residents who shop at Target stores to take advantage of one year of free credit monitoring being offered by the retail company in the wake of the massive data breach announced last month. “I strongly encourage any Target customers to take advantage of this offer, regardless of whether they’ve identified suspicious activity in their personal accounts,” said Attorney General Cooper. “Additionally, consumers

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  • Anti-Meth Production Act

    Posted on January 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced legislation to reduce the growing problem of methamphetamine production in Tennessee. The goal of the Tennessee Anti-Meth Production (TAMP) Act is to limit access to pseudoephedrine or ephedrine products to those who are using it illegally while not overburdening law-abiding Tennesseans who need temporary cold and sinus relief. Haslam joined legislators, members of the Public Safety Subcabinet and key stakeholders to announce his proposal, which

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  • Monthly Column By TN Governor Bill Haslam

    Posted on January 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    As we begin a new year, it’s a good time to look back at where we’ve been and ahead to where we’re going. In Tennessee we have a lot to be proud of. We balance our state’s budget each year and do so without raising taxes. We have the lowest debt of any state in the nation and the third lowest overall tax burden per capita. Tennessee ranks first in the Southeast

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  • A Business Owners Case For Raising The Minimum Wage

    Posted on January 7, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    What if we could create a program that would strengthen our tax base, make government spending more fiscally responsible and provide a powerful financial incentive to low-income workers? It sounds too good to be true. But it already exists and dates back to 1938 – the minimum wage. When wages are too low for even full-time workers to buy basic necessities, workers turn to taxpayer-funded programs like food stamps and

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