Gov Mum on Gas Tax Increase to Replace Potential Fed Cutbacks

A snippet from an AP story on Gov. Bill Haslam’s comments on potential federal budget cuts impacting Tennessee:
The governor declined to speculate when asked by a reporter whether a $273 million reduction in the state’s transportation budget would require an increase in the gas tax to help keep the state’s infrastructure intact.
“I don’t know the answer to that,” he said. “We’ll look at the numbers. There’s a whole lot of ifs in there.”
The governor said the state will have to wait and see what cuts are approved by Congress as part of the recent agreement on raising the federal debt ceiling.
Haslam said services for the poor and disabled would be disproportionately affected by potential cuts because so much of the budgets for those agencies come from federal sources.
“The human service agencies are the ones where we are the most vulnerable,” Haslam said. “You see how much of their budget is federal-related, and it does cause you to catch your breath a little bit.”
TennCare, the state’s expanded Medicaid program, would cut more than $2.2 billion under the larger reduction scenario, while the Department of Human Services would lose $861 million.
Tony Garr, policy director for Tennessee Health Care Campaign, called on federal and state officials to try to find other solutions the budget problems.
“Cuts of this magnitude will force family members who are currently in nursing homes to be put out on the sidewalk, for hospitals in rural Tennessee to close their doors,” he said.
“Now is not the time to cut the federal deficit to the magnitude that they’re talking about. We need more good jobs than we need to pay down the deficit.”

4 thoughts on “Gov Mum on Gas Tax Increase to Replace Potential Fed Cutbacks

  1. dlr

    If those people in nursing homes are “family members” why isn’t their family taking care of them instead of leaving them to be taken care of by the rest of us? That pushes our taxes so high both parents have to work to make ends meet. People callously leave their parents and even their husbands and wives to the care of strangers, and then, try to make us feel guilty because we don’t want to pay for the care of other people’s parents. We have our own parents to take care of. We shouldn’t have to take care of other peoples parents too.

  2. hamrntong

    I echo your comment concerning “family members currently in nursing homes being put out on the sidewalk”.
    Haslam’s premise is based on the warped social paradigm that it’s become acceptable, even expected to warehouse America’s eldest citizens until they die at taxpayer’s expense.
    We Americans should all be ashamed for accepting this disgrace.

  3. Abie

    It is common practice for some to transfer their assets to family just to avoid paying for nursing care or to get public assistance.
    Medical and Nursing care or retirement care has become a new “racket” with runaway costs and schemes with costs passed on to to the Public. WE, our elect, need to correct the problem. Ask yourself how you would solve this problem. There are no more beds in the jails to hold the crooks we have.

  4. Abie

    It is common practice for some to transfer their assets to family just to avoid paying for nursing care or to get public assistance.
    Medical and Nursing care or retirement care has become a new “racket” with runaway costs and schemes with costs passed on to to the Public. WE, our elect, need to correct the problem. Ask yourself how you would solve this problem. There are no more beds in the jails to hold the crooks we have.

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