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April 2016:
•  Tennessee lawmakers adjourn 109th General Assembly
•  March state revenues exceeded budgeted estimates by $133.0 million
•  Tennessee legislature passes online voter registration bill
•  Plan To Let Employees Carry Guns On Tennessee Campuses Headed To The Governor
•  ETSU president expresses concerns about the possibility of more guns on campus
•  16 leaders to guide TSU’s transition to new board
•  Oldham and Haslam host forum for campus body about FOCUS act
•  UT president, chancellor disappointed with bill defunding diversity office
•  ETSU creates center for prescription drug abuse prevention & treatment
•  Roaden leaves legacy of quality, accountability in Tennessee higher education
•  Womack Named Deputy Commissioner for the TN Department of Agriculture
•  Tennessee lawmakers pass $35B annual spending plan
•  Haslam announces 2016-17 budget amendment
•  DCS meets improvement goals after 15 years of federal oversight
•  Tennessee moves to review possible outsourcing partners
•  MTSU prepares for FOCUS Act
•  Construction beginning on new group homes
•  Haslam shakeup of open universities gains final approval
•  FOCUS act passes through state Senate
•  The state capitol’s week in review
•  FOCUS Act Puts Tennessee on Best Path for Reaching Drive to 55
•  DHS defends child nutrition program from comptroller critique
•  Haslam names new TennCare Director
•  Western Mental Health Institute Psychiatrist Named Employee of the Year
•  Groundbreaking ceremony held for new TN State Museum

March 2016:
•  Haslam introduces fiscal year 2016-2017 budget amendment
•  TDEC puts effort to privatize golf courses on hold, for now
•  Lawmakers set special hearing on Human Services food programs
•  Non-voting students on new board a concern
•  Tennessee Comptroller: $11.4M in questionable DHS costs
•  Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has named Jai Templeton as the state’s commissioner of agriculture
•  Haslam’s TennCare director to step down, opening up key cabinet spot
•  Ketron questions Haslam’s secret $30M development deal
•  Critics question Haslam’s outsourcing plan
•  Lawmakers hear from state, UT employees on outsourcing plan
•  House OKs new governing boards for 6 state universities, including Memphis
•  Haslam’s college plan passes in House
•  Audits find misdeeds in two child nutrition operations
•  In Tenn., Politics or Good Policy?
•  Noland muses on life as ETSU president
•  Tennessee State president: I do not oppose FOCUS Act
•  New Senate bill proposes minor changes affecting tuition waivers for state employees
•  April groundbreaking set for Tennessee State Museum
•  House To Set Budget Before Considering Hawk’s Bill
•  Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey will not seek re-election
•  State snubs students and staff on U of M governing board
•  Bipartisan Skeptics Doubt Haslam’s Outsourcing Plan
•  Editorial: Figures for plan on outsourcing unconvincing
•  Tennessee February Revenues released
•  Skepticism greets Haslam’s plan for additional outsourcing
•  Editorial: Questions dog Haslam’s plan for outsourcing
•  TSU President Speaks Against Part Of FOCUS Act
•  Tennessee prison assaults soar under new definitions
•  Haslam claims outsourcing plan will save Tennessee $35.8 million a year
•  Lawmakers consider bringing back corrections oversight
•  TSU students protest Haslam’s college plan

February 2016
•  Opinion: Outsourcing bad for taxpayers, workers
•  Committee ignores Morgan, approves Regents restructuring
•  Plan to create new TBR boards moves ahead, despite strong criticism
•  Bill to alter controversial 28-day prison schedule fails
•  Tennessee House panel OKs Haslam’s plan to split Board of Regents system
•  Tennessee transportation chief says road funding is essential for prosperity
•  CCA Board of Directors Appoints Mark Emkes as Chairman
•  State, UT agree to outsourcing review after disagreement
•  ETSU to have more autonomy after passage of Haslam’s FOCUS Act
•  KnoxNews Editorial: Funding request sound first step for state’s parks
•  UT Pres.: UT will review outsourcing plans, committed to advancing diversity
•  Haslam, colleges agree to outside review of outsourcing plan
•  Haslam college overhaul given early approval
•  ETSU President Noland still monitoring outsourcing plans at the state level
•  Haslam team about to launch campaign for massive outsourcing initiative
•  Higher education reshuffle will pass, legislators predict
•  Fall Creek Falls supporters applaud $22 million in proposed upgrades
•  Governor’s budget includes Cummins Falls visitor center
•  UT president calls outsourcing criticism ‘regrettable’
•  UT official says Haslam outsourcing plan ‘would be a disaster’

January 2016
• Gov. Bill Haslam’s State of the State address to the TN General Assembly on February 1, 2016
• Gov. Haslam Proposes $130 Million For Road Projects
• Gov. Haslam to give State of the State Monday
• State Outsourcing Efforts Persist
• Haslam announces 2016 legislative session agenda
• CEO of embattled prison program blasts lawmakers, retires
• City leaders heading to Nashville to voice opposition of new home for people with disabilities
• Board of Regents picks David Gregory as interim leader

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August 2015
Jim Henry tours state promoting prison policy
State parks tour, meetings underway as part of Haslam’s outsourcing project
Haslam eyes privatizing building management, operations, services at state colleges, prisons
TN agencies ordered to cut up to 3.5 percent from budget
2 prison officers hospitalized after attacks
State prison warden on leave with pay for indefinite period
Lawmakers question TDOC vacancy numbers
Ramsey questions whether colleagues’ gubernatorial ambitions pose road block to transportation funding
Ramsey, Harwell weigh in on road funding (sort of)
State Dept. of Correction announces signing bonus, employee referral incentive
July Revenues
TDOC commissioner to legislators: Prisons are safe, violence is down
TN Senate transportation chairman calls for the repayment of $280 million in road funds

July 2015
Tennessee loses 322 prison guards amid new overtime pay rules
Lawmaker: ‘People’s lives are in danger’ at TN prisons
(David Waters Column) Wanted: Prison guards who will work longer for less
Top Haslam campaign fundraiser to lead Tennessee State Museum building effort
Violence prompts lockdown at two state prisons
Prison execs’ salaries swell as guards lose overtime
June Revenues (TN Department of Finance & Administration)
TN lawmakers look for answers on prison safety
TDOC employees say new schedule creating dangerous conditions
State job applicant site down for next 6 weeks
Bonnie Hommrich named new DCS commissioner
Nashville prison faces ’emergency staffing issues’
Prison guard shortage not confined to Nashville
TennCare scraps another multimillion-dollar contract

June 2015
Haslam says no set goal for how many Tenn. workers need to apply for buyouts before layoffs
May Revenues (Department of Finance & Administration News Release)
State Employment Policies Not Great For Recruiting

May 2015
‘Technological limitations’ take costly toll on TN government
5 Tennessee departments whose computer failures have cost us
State paid $46K for logo while paying $293K for graphic designers
‘Simple’ TN logo was 9 months in the making
More than 2,000 Tennessee state workers sent buyout offers
Tennessee pays $46K for new state logo
Haslam Announces Departure of Chief of Staff
April Revenues (News Release from the Department of F&A)
Tennessee State Employees Association Slams Release of Lawmakers’ Health Plans
Tennessean vs Casada and TSEA on legislator insurance info

April 2015
Legislative session comes to quiet end
State could move legislature to Cordell Hull building
TN General Assembly closes for 2015; Republicans claim successful session
Saved from Demolition, Cordell Hull May Become Offices for Tennessee Lawmakers
Harwell: Cordell Hull to be legislature’s new home
Haslam bill to abolish longevity pay (for new state employees) wins legislative approval
DCS honored for reforms, but 15 years of scrutiny aren’t over
Longevity pay deal grandfathers in state employees
Legislature approves $33.8 billion state budget, including $166 million for Volkswagen
Legislature approves Haslam’s $33.8B state budget
Legislature Sends Budget to Governor
Lawmakers Approve $120 Million For Tennessee State Museum
Bill would restrict teachers’ political speech (plus Longevity mention)
Battle continues concerning possible cut in state employee benefits and longevity pay

March 2015
Haslam proposes $120M for new state museum in Nashville
Haslam Withdraws Effort to End Bonuses for Existing Workers
Haslam adds $330m ($30m recurring, $300m non-recurring) to state budget plan
Dept. of Safety staff instructed not to tell public about computer glitches
House subs shutting down this week
Longevity Pay for State Employees
State Legislators Still Fighting To Keep Greene Valley Developmental Center Open
Business tax attorney sues TN Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin
Routinely held secret ‘pre-meetings’ in Tennessee House criticized
5 Issues to Watch at the Tennessee General Assembly this week
Haslam Forced to Bend as State Workers Attack Merit Pay Plan
State employee pay fight latest struggle for Haslam
Haslam’s budget proposes big changes for state employee longevity pay
Haslam’s Proposal to Eliminate State Longevity Pay On Hold
Tenn. leaders put off gas tax talk despite needs

February 2015
Ron Ramsey: GM incentives may have been a ‘mistake’
Sunday column: Haslam would take from senior state employees and give to preferred people
Tennessee tax collections run $344M ahead of estimates
TennCare changes cause problems for nursing homes
Haslam seeking to end longevity pay for state workers
Henry: No Plans to Privatize Woodland Hills
5 things to know about Gov. Haslam’s $33.3B budget proposal
Haslam’s State of the State/budget press release
Haslam budget plan has $170M for pay raises, $200M in cuts and grows a bit overall
Good Things Happening in TN, Haslam Tells Lawmakers
Tennessee’s State of the State Makes Big Promises but No Big Surprises
Gov. Haslam releases $33.3 billion spending plan
7 things that Gov. Haslam’s budget would do in Tennessee
Haslam frustrated, surprised and embarrassed in Insure TN effort
Haslam says he won’t propose gas tax hike this year

January 2015
Families of Residents of GVDC Plead for Facility
Greene Valley closure draws opposition from families
Federal judge delays Greene Valley closure decision
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is New Billionaire, Richest Politician in America
Comptroller finds TN fuel taxes ‘stagnant’ and ‘not expected to be sufficient’
Greene Valley supporters traveling to Nashville for federal hearing
State funding cuts proposed for services for intellectually disabled
Curtain goes up on Tennessee’s legislative session
State plans closing of Greene Valley Developmental Center
Tennessee parts ways with contractor over $37million computer that doesn’t work
Tennessee legislature convenes Tuesday with full agenda of controversial issues
Officials Scrambling to Save Greene Valley
December Revenues Up
Tennesseans May Face Gas Tax Double Whammy
Court to hear plan to close Greene Valley Developmental Center 
Greene Valley May Face Closure in 2016
Will Governor Haslam Make Good on a Promise to Boost Teacher Pay in Tennessee?
Haslam 2.0: As he prepares for his second term, governor takes stock of his first four years, charts challenges
Criminal justice expert says new TDOC supervision policy improves public safetyIn-The-News2
New state law protects employees’ online privacy
TDOC rolled out new supervision police without alerting key players


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