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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Highlights Cut in Grocery Tax provided by IMPROVE Act

 

IMPROVE Act creates the Largest Tax Cut in Tennessee History

Tennessee State GovernmentElizabethton, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today highlighted the 20 percent reduction to the grocery tax included in the newly implemented IMPROVE Act by visiting local grocery stores in Elizabethton and Mount Juliet.

Effective July 1st, 2017 the IMPROVE Act, “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy,” creates the largest tax cut in state history while delivering a safe, reliable and debt-free transportation network.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Signs IMPROVE Act

 

Tennessee Legislation enacts the Largest Tax Cut in State History with Statewide Transportation Plan

Tennessee State GovernmentChattanooga, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Monday, June 5th, 2017 in Chattanooga held the first ceremonial signing for the IMPROVE Act, “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy,” which enacts the largest tax cut in state history while delivering a safe, reliable and debt-free transportation network.

“The IMPROVE Act puts money back in the pockets of all Tennesseans and has already helped us attract manufacturing jobs to Tennessee – all while putting us on the path to deliver nearly 1,000 road and bridge projects across the state,” Haslam said.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts says Bills are making Progress

 

“Voucher Bill” was laid on the House Desk by the Sponsor

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) moved several pieces of legislation forward in the legislative process. He also will start moving a bill forward in the Transportation Sub Committee next week.

House Bill 1514/Senate Bill 1730 (Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield) is a bill that was brought to Representative Pitts by a mother whose innocent son was killed by an impaired driver in Clarksville on his way to Austin Peay State University.

Tyler Head was killed on February 3rd, 2012 and the bill, if passed, will be known as the Tyler Head law. It will establish a memorial sign program for the State of Tennessee.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Tennessee House Rejects Voucher Bill

 

Tennessee House DemocratsNashville, TN – The controversial school voucher bill was killed for the year when its Republican sponsor withdrew it from a House of Representatives subcommittee on Tuesday.

Knoxville Republican Bill Dunn pulled the bill, (HB1049), from the House Finance Subcommittee because he didn’t have enough votes to pass the legislation. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signs TEAM Act into Law

 

Historic Legislation transforms State Government to recruit, retain and reward employees

The Seal of the State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Joined by state employees, legislators and members of his Cabinet, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today signed the Tennessee Excellence, Accountability and Management (TEAM) Act into law on the Tennessee Tower plaza across from the State Capitol in Nashville.

“State government’s role is to provide services that Tennesseans aren’t able to get on their own, and I believe it is my job to make sure we’re providing them in the most customer-focused, efficient and effective way,” Haslam said just before signing the bill into law. “In the next five years, almost 40 percent of state employees will become eligible for retirement, and in facing this challenge, it is our responsibility to build a top notch workforce for the future. «Read the rest of this article»

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Representative Bill Dunn Leads the Way on Teacher Tenure Reform

 

After Request from the Haslam Administration, Republican Legislator Leads Top Education Initiative

The Seal of the State of TennesseeNashville, TN – After announcing his legislative package, Governor Bill Haslam’s Administration asked Representative Bill Dunn (R—Knoxville) to guide one of his main proposals for education reform through the General Assembly.

House Bill 2012 is a common sense reform that builds on the work accomplished in First to the Top and ties teacher tenure decisions to teacher effectiveness as measured through the evaluation system. It requires a proven track record of excellence in the classroom before an educator may become eligible for this extra layer of job protection. «Read the rest of this article»

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Legislators discuss changing school start date; could save state money

 

Bi-Partisan group of lawmakers pledge to examine data and research

tn-legislatureNashville – Letting school officials set the first day of the school year in early-August may be costing Tennessee $189 million in consumer spending, $9.72 million in total new state tax revenue, $5.5 million in total local tax revenue, $72.92 million in new worker income and the potential to create 2,619 new jobs, according to a recent economic analysis.

“We are not asking to have scheduling control over the school year, just one day out of 180,” said Rep. Bill Dunn, Knoxville. “School officials will set all holidays, vacation days, work days, semester end dates and the last day of school.”

Lawmakers are discussing the possibility of moving the school start date, and hope during the next few months they can reach agreements with school officials.

“As lawmakers, we are entrusted with both the financial success as well as academic success of our educational system. In these difficult times, we must use current data and adequate analysis to determine if we are giving our taxpayers the best on their investment; therefore, we must carefully examine the feasibility of beginning the school year in the middle of the summer when all current analysis concludes that this is neither good for the student or taxpayer,” said Rep. John DeBerry, Memphis. «Read the rest of this article»

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