NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he will hold public budget hearings outside the Capitol for the first time when he begins the annual review at the University of Memphis on Nov. 2.
The governor said he will also hold hearings in Knoxville, as well as at the usual site at the state Capitol. Haslam announced the changes in a video posted on YouTube on Wednesday.
Haslam said his goal is to assemble a budget proposal that can pass unanimously in the General Assembly, just as his first annual spending plan did in May.
Note: The governor’s news release is below.
News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that portions of the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget hearings will take place outside of Nashville so that citizens in East and West Tennessee have an opportunity to attend. Hearings will be held in Knoxville and Memphis, which will mark the first time in state history that budget proceedings will occur away from the State Capitol.
Scheduled to begin on November 2, the budget hearings will be streamed live on www.tn.gov as in years past to give Tennesseans that are unable to attend accessibility to the budget discussions of each state agency.
“This is an opportunity for Tennesseans to learn more about the state budget and our agencies,” Haslam said. “It is important to engage our citizens in the process of setting priorities and planning for the future. We will continue to approach the budget in a fiscally disciplined way to do more with less while focusing on quality customer service for Tennessee taxpayers.”
Wednesday, November 2 – University of Memphis
2:30-3:00 Labor and Workforce Development
3:30-4:30 Economic and Community Development
4:30-5:00 Financial Institutions
Friday, November 4 – State Capitol
8:30-9:00 Human Resources
9:30-10:00 General Services
10:30-11:00 Finance and Administration
11:00-11:30 Education Lottery Corporation
3:00-4:00 Human Services
4:00-5:00 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Tuesday, November 15 – State Capitol
11:00-12:00 Mental Health
1:30-2:30 Higher Education
2:30-3:30 Environment and Conservation
3:45-4:15 Commerce and Insurance
Tuesday, November 22 – University of Tennessee-Knoxville
1:30-2:30 K-12 Education
2:30-3:00 Tourist Development
3:30-4:30 Children’s Services
4:30-5:00 Veterans Affairs
Monday, November 28 – State Capitol
Haslam and Finance and Administration Commissioner Mark Emkes will preside. Visit http://bit.ly/tPmO2A to hear more from Haslam and Emkes on the upcoming budget hearings.