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Mar 31 2014
06:00 pm

Statement from House Democratic leader Craig Craig Fitzhugh:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh released the following statement on Governor Bill Haslam's proposal to cut funding for higher education, teacher and state employee raises, and other critical programs:

"The Governor's budget represents a broken promise to the people of Tennessee. We should not be balancing the budget on the backs of parents, teachers, state employees, colleges and universities, and countless other hard-working Tennesseans. The budget presented to us shows misplaced priorities that ignore the need to focus on jobs, education and people."

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Min's picture

See this?

This is my "not surprised" face.

Tess's picture

don't state employees vote?

Then do it. Vote in the next election.

redmondkr's picture

Yeah, state employees vote.......

They voted big time for that 'moderate Republican' they thought they saw.

Andy Axel's picture

Whatever happened

to the $42M surplus that the state was bragging about last August?

Heisenberg's picture

Rainy day Fund

Although the teacher raise was around $37-38 or so million, Haslam said he was going to sock 35 million into rainy day fund. No soup for you!

Just Watching's picture

Bait and switch?

Curious how little Jim wants to give the teachers a raise just when the rug gets pulled out by his pal little Billy. What a great plan to make the evil Commissioners look like the bad guys and try to save the school board election. Tom Ingram is working overtime.

Mike Cohen's picture

Budget surplus

Most folks in government, regardless of political viewpoint, will not use a budget surplus-which is onetime money-for a recurring operating expense. It's not smart and creates a huge problem for the next budget cycle.

Budget surpluses either get saved on spent on one-time expenses.

Andy Axel's picture

This is my point:

Budget surpluses either get saved on spent on one-time expenses.

How is there a $160M budget hole if there was a $42M surplus?

Mike Cohen's picture

Surplus

I would guess the surplus was put away when income was running ahead.

The budget "hole" is simply a revised lower income estimate...it's projecting we will have $160m less coming in during the next fiscal year.

A budget surplus is generally money you actually have in the bank.

And again, you can use that money for things like capital projects, equipment etc. Stuff you pay for and then you're done. But using it for ongoing operating expenses is dicey.

Andy Axel's picture

My guess is that the money is

My guess is that the money is going to fund the repeal of the estate tax and the scaling back of the Hall tax. So our educators get to help fund those initiatives while the recapture of Internet sales tax revenue isn't anticipated to fill the expanding donut hole.

"The best roads and the worst schools" isn't just wry commentary. It's policy in this state.

fischbobber's picture

Best roads

Have you ridden on the interstate lately? Our roads are going downhill fast. Every aspect of state government is failing under this administration, oh wait, except the ones that are measured by abstract numbers that have no bearing on reality. We do great at fantasy.

Min's picture

**applause**

This is so true. I wonder why more people haven't noticed.

metulj's picture

I still feel like snake

I still feel like snake pliskin.

KC's picture

Not just this, but this one

Not just this, but this one as well:

Haslam, who has been a vocal critic of the United Auto Workers' efforts to represent workers at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant, has long denied suggestions that tax credits, grants and other incentives were tied to the union being rejected at the factory.

But an Aug. 23 summary of a nearly $300 million package, obtained by WTVF, carries a disclaimer toward the top of the page: "The incentives described below are subject to works council discussions between the State of Tennessee and VW being concluded to the satisfaction of the State of Tennessee."

(link...)

Well, I guess the I'm not having a "business" association with the superintendent commenter will be able to explain the other's discombobulation concerning the truth.

Haslam using state funds in such a political way is disturbing.

fischbobber's picture

Allergy medicine

While Haslam is busting his rear to regulate allergy medicine to eliminate on of the few middle class jobs that pays more than minimum wage (Cooking meth) the unregulated sale of this

(link...)

continues to destroy our state.

Just saying.

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