NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he won't decide about whether to support school voucher legislation until next week.
The Republican governor last year supported a voucher program limited to students from low-income families attending failing schools. Haslam withdrew the measure when Senate Republicans sought to expand the bill to a larger number of children.
Haslam told reporters in Memphis Thursday that he still favors what he calls a "measured approach," to vouchers, which give parents public money to pay for private schools.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Catholic Diocese of Nashville, and religious organizations nationwide, appear to have won round- one in their efforts to block the contraception coverage mandate in President Barack Obama's health care law.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, which heard the Nashville Diocese lawsuit, voted 2-1 earlier this week to grant a preliminary injunction against government enforcement of the mandate pending a full appeal.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Another state spending plan, another set of dire predictions of budget cuts. In each year of Gov. Bill Haslam's term in office, the Republican has warned that budget cuts are necessary to cope with projected shortfalls. And yet, each year the state's spending has increased.
The low-end projection for the state's share of the upcoming spending plan is $12.22 billion. That's $1.65 billion, or about 16 percent, more than the state collected under the last spending plan of Haslam's predecessor, Phil Bredesen, in 2011.