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"Unlike the news coming out of our nation's capitol and so many other states around the country, good things are happening in Tennessee," says Gov. Haslam.
During his 3rd State of the State Address, Haslam makes education reform a key topic, including raising the number of college graduates, and starting a voucher program to give low income students in low performing schools the option of attending private schools.
"Dollars alone don't lead to improvement. There has to be a plan," says Governor Haslam. "Along with strategic investments, we are pursuing real reform in education that is producing results."
Highlights of the Governor's budget proposal include a quarter percent reduction in the sales tax on food, a 1.5% pay raise for state employees, and adding $100 million to the state's rainy day fund, bringing the balance to $456 million.
"That leadership is what we need to make and empower our citizens to be more successful," says Rep. Glen Casada (R-Williamson County).
Republicans were quick to praise Gov. Haslam's speech and the direction he's proposing.
"With our low tax burden, our low regulatory environment, our low debt per capita, our state is in a good place, but there is more to do," says Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Williamson County).
Democrats are more measured in their praise and some ideas like the school voucher plan are already drawing criticism.
"I don't think anybody thinks vouchers are good policy," says Rep. Mike Stewart (D-Nashville). "They are certainly good as a political statement to certain far right elements of the Republican Party."
The Governor knows it is now up to the 132 lawmakers to ultimately approve or reject his agenda.
"People want good quality jobs," says Governor Haslam. "People want their children to have the best education possible, and as a state we should want the same for those kids."
The Governor's $32.7 billion budget proposal is bigger than last year's plan. However, almost half of the new money will go toward higher expenses in TennCare. COMING UP TONIGHT on FOX17 NEWS: more on the Governor's plan to have more college graduates in Tennessee.
Monday, January 28 2013, 11:22 PM CST
Tenn. Powerball ticket worth $1 million
May 19, 2013 18:44 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Powerball ticket sold in Tennessee barely missed winning a share of an estimated $590.5 million prize. But the ticket has a nice consolation prize worth $1 million.
Officials say the Powerball ticket worth $1 million was sold in Chattanooga.
There's no word yet on who won.
A Powerball ticket sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., matched all six numbers selected Saturday night for the estimated $590.5 million prize. It's the highest Powerball jackpot in history.
The winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.
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ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.