The State Of The State: Preview

Feb 3, 2014


Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is giving his fourth State of the State address this evening. It’s the Governor’s last State of the State address before he faces re-election this November. WUOT will carry his address beginning at 7 p.m.

Haslam will lay out his state budget proposal and top priorities for the legislature. He has warned that falling state revenues mean less money for some programs. Tax revenues are $176 million under estimates this year.

But the Governor has said there could be funding for upgrading the state’s programs for the disabled and for the “Drive to 55” program:  Haslam wants 55% of Tennesseans to have a college degree or advanced certification by 2025.

The Governor may also offer an update on whether the state will expand its TennCare Medicaid program.