Mixed Signals: Haslam Raises Salaries for Commissioners 11%

Low Priorities? Health Care Programs, Higher Education Getting Cut

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Democratic Party issued the following statement in response to an AP news report that Gov. Bill Haslam had increased the salaries of his appointed commissioners:

Gov. Haslam

Gov. Haslam’s budget makes big cuts to state health care programs for people who can’t help themselves and ends critical investments in higher education. At the same time, he is handing out big raises to his appointed deputies. This kind of balancing act sends an awfully mixed message to Tennesseans about what our priorities are. I’d be shocked if the new commissioner of transportation could not have made ends meet on the $135,000 annual salary of his predecessor.

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FACTS

APNewsBreak: TN gov boosts commissioners’ salaries” | msnbc.com | April 6, 2011

Providers fear TennCare payment cuts” | timesfreepress.com | April 3, 2011

Haslam’s Budget Makes Cuts to Higher Education” | wpln.org | March 14th, 2011




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