Politics

11:04am

Wed March 27, 2013
Politics

Haslam Says No to Medicaid Expansion

Gov. Bill Haslam
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that he will not pursue expanding the state's Medicaid program to help cover the uninsured as part of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Haslam says he made the decision knowing that it will have serious consequences for the state’s uninsured citizens, and some of the state’s smaller hospitals.

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12:26pm

Tue March 26, 2013
Politics

Senate to Press for Allowing Student IDs to Vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —  The Tennessee House has passed an updated version of the state’s controversial voter photo ID bill.

The House approved the new measure on a 65-30 vote Monday evening. Last week a House committee removed public university student photo ID from the measure’s list of approved voter ID.

Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin says he worries about the integrity of student documents.

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12:13pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Politics

Medicaid Expansion Decision Still on the Governor's To-Do List

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — This may be the week that Governor Haslam announces whether he will support expanding Medicaid in Tennessee.

Proponents say the money for expanding Medicaid on offer from the federal government is too good a deal to pass up. But detractors point to Tennessee’s failed experiment to expand TennCare in the 1990s as evidence that Washington is an unreliable partner.

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12:08pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Politics

Casada Tries Again to Amend State's Open Meetings Law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —  An effort is under way again this legislative session to change Tennessee's Open Meetings Law.

Local officials complain the current law is so restrictive, they can’t even get together for a barbecue. Some officials say they’d like to be able to meet in small groups as long as a quorum isn’t present.

Frank Gibson directs the Tennessee Open Meetings Association. He says the current law doesn’t need to be changed, officials just need to be educated about its requirements.

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12:13pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Politics

Tennessee Makes Above Average Cuts to Higher Education

Credit mtsu.edu

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report says Tennessee has made deeper cuts to its funding for public higher education than most states.

A new report out this week by the Washington D.C. based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says 48 of the 50 states have reduced their contributions to higher education in since the economic downturn began.

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