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Tennessee Electronic Library Adds Online Language Learning Program

Tennessee Electronic Library Adds Online Language Learning Program

Learning a new language just got a little easier, thanks to a new service that’s being offered by the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL). Powerspeak Languages, an interactive online experience, allows everyone in Tennessee to learn new languages on their own schedules. This program is ideal for students, business professionals, leisure travelers, or anyone who simply [...]

Secretary Hargett Warns Businesses of Statewide Corporate Scam

Secretary Hargett Warns Businesses of Statewide Corporate Scam

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office has received inquiries about an official-looking notice from Corporate Records Service. It appears that these notices began arriving in mailboxes around January 22, 2013 and Tennesseans are continuing to receive them. Corporate Records Service is not registered, affiliated, or associated with the Tennessee Secretary of State. The mailer [...]

Legislation Providing Hall Income Tax Relief for Senior Citizens Passes Finance Subcommittee

Legislation Providing Hall Income Tax Relief for Senior Citizens Passes Finance Subcommittee

More senior citizens will qualify for Hall income tax relief under Republican-sponsored legislation approved by the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee this week. House Bill 192 is part of Governor Bill Haslam’s legislative package to provide tax relief to citizens across the state. The package also includes House Bill 193 to reduce the state [...]

Governor Bill Haslam Announces Tennessee Will Not Expand Medicaid Rolls

Governor Bill Haslam Announces Tennessee Will Not Expand Medicaid Rolls

Governor Bill Haslam announced this week to a Joint Session of the Tennessee General Assembly that he will not expand the state’s Medicaid rolls pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare. Instead, Haslam plans to independently pursue a “Tennessee Plan” for expanding healthcare coverage to those truly in [...]

Unemployment Insurance Program Plagued by Overpayments and Delayed Benefits

Unemployment Insurance Program Plagued by Overpayments and Delayed Benefits

The $1.2 billion unemployment insurance program administered by the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development has made overpayments exceeding $73 million due to fraud and errors over the last six years. State auditors found that the department’s internal controls for the program were ineffective or non-existent, resulting in overpayments of claims due to fraud [...]

Governor Haslam Observes Milestone Anniversary to Recognize Vietnam Veterans

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder formally recognized and remembered Vietnam Veterans leading into the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of troops. On March 30, 1973, President Richard Nixon began withdrawing combat troops from Vietnam. Between 1961 and 1975, more than 49,000 Tennesseans served in Southeast Asia. Approximately 6,000 [...]

Bill To Better Protect Student Athletes Awaits Signature From Governor Haslam

Bill To Better Protect Student Athletes Awaits Signature From Governor Haslam

A Republican-authored bill designed to protect student athletes who suffer concussions from risking further medical complications passed the full House floor this week with support from lawmakers on both sides of the isle. House Bill 867, as passed by both the House and Senate, will ensure guidelines are in place to help coaches, youth athletic [...]

Pension Reform Plan Moves Forward In House

Pension Reform Plan Moves Forward In House

Legislation proposed earlier this month to reform the state’s pension plan, the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS), passed out of the House State Government Committee this week with full support from Republican lawmakers. The legislation represents a proactive approach by State Treasurer David H. Lillard and House Republicans to ensure the security of pension benefits [...]

House Republicans Continue Push To Lower Sales Tax On Groceries

House Republicans Continue Push To Lower Sales Tax On Groceries

A bill which seeks to lower the sales tax on groceries from 5.25% to a flat 5.00% passed out of the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee this week with unanimous support from Republican lawmakers. House Bill 193, which is part of Governor Bill Haslam’s legislative agenda for the year, will take effect beginning July [...]

Faison’s Business Freedom Act Gains Approval

Faison’s Business Freedom Act Gains Approval

Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) sponsored House Bill 311, the Business Freedom Act. HB 311 pushes back against over-bearing government and is a huge step for small business owners. The bill would require state departments to give businesses notification and time to correct a problem before issuing fines. This provision would only apply to new rules [...]

Tennessee’s State Pension Fund Rated Best in Nation for Investment Strategy

Tennessee’s State Pension Fund Rated Best in Nation for Investment Strategy

Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS), the state’s retirement fund for state government, higher education and other public employees, is managing its investments better than any other large public pension plan in the country. So says Money Management Intelligence, a publication featuring news, trends and analysis about and for institutional investors. TCRS, which is part of [...]

Tennessee Electronic Library Provides Help for High School Equivalency Test Takers

Tennessee Electronic Library Provides Help for High School Equivalency Test Takers

Requirements for earning a high school equivalency diploma are set to change next year, which may set off a scramble among people hoping to complete their course work under the existing rules. The format of the General Educational Development test, commonly known as the GED, will change January 1, 2014 – which means that people [...]

Republican Lawmakers Continue Push To Improve Tennessee Education

Republican Lawmakers Continue Push To Improve Tennessee Education

A proposal presented by Governor Bill Haslam and Republican lawmakers to improve education in Tennessee easily cleared the full House Education Committee this week. House Bill 190, referred to as the ‘Tennessee Choice & Opportunity Scholarship Act’, would give low-income families with students stuck in the lowest performing schools the opportunity to seek educational options [...]

Annexation Legislation Continues Building Statewide Support

Annexation Legislation Continues Building Statewide Support

A package of pro-property rights legislation related to the annexation of land in Tennessee continued building support this week as Tennessean’s from across the state joined in to back the effort. The trio of bills, which are currently making their way through the House committee system, seek to make the overall annexation process more fair [...]

Statewide Partnership Addresses Human Trafficking in Tennessee

Statewide Partnership Addresses Human Trafficking in Tennessee

Republican lawmakers joined law enforcement officials from across the state this week to address the issue of human trafficking in Tennessee. In addition, the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga, the Women’s Fund of Middle Tennessee, and the Women’s Fund of Greater Memphis officially launched a public campaign to increase awareness and offer resources to prevent [...]

Workers’ Compensation Reform Scores Legislative Victory

Workers’ Compensation Reform Scores Legislative Victory

The Workers’ Compensation Reform Act of 2013, an initiative that is part of Governor Bill Haslam’s legislative agenda for the year, easily passed the House Consumer and Human Resources Committee this week. Workers’ Compensation is an insurance program, adopted in Tennessee in 1919, that compensates employees for injuries they suffer on the job. Employers are [...]