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Haslam Wants Speedup in Chicken Permit Processing

By Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that his administration is trying to speed up the time it takes for poultry farms to get environmental permits.
The Republican governor said after a speech to the Farm Bureau that his goal is for the state to strike the “right balance between our stewardship responsibilities and making certain we’re providing product and providing jobs.”
Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson said neighboring states are quicker to grant permits for chicken farms and noted that Tennessee’s rules are slightly stricter than federal standards.
“And that’s one of the problems,” he said.
Animal waste-handling permits are issued by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Johnson said he’s been holding discussions with that agency to try to streamline the process.
“We’re competing with Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Kentucky, who are doing it faster than we are,” Johnson said. “Industry is expressing concerns.”

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Gov Weighs in on Washington’s ‘Game of Chicken’

Gov. Bill Haslam called the U.S. debt negotiations “an incredibly serious game of chicken” Monday and urged Washington to reach an agreement “for the economic health of the country.”
More from Jeff Woods’ account:
“We have a country that’s literally waiting to see what will happen,” Haslam told reporters. “Until Washington shows that we can live within our means and come to a political agreement about how to solve that, you’re not going to see banks willing to loan money, you’re not going to see people willing to invest their own capital, and so we won’t have any job growth until that happens.”
Moody’s Investors Services told Tennessee and four other states last week that they face downgrades in their AAA credit ratings because of their heavy dependence on federal revenue.
“Should the U.S. government’s rating be downgraded to Aa1 or lower, these five states’ ratings would likely be downgraded as well,” the bond-rating agency said. Haslam said:
“It’s an incredibly serious game of chicken that we’re playing in Washington, quite frankly. If you talk to any governor, they would say, we really need you to solve this for the economic health of the country, No. 1. No. 2, for us as states — I mean, you’ve seen where some of the credit ratings agencies have said, the fact that they don’t have a deal puts Tennessee’s credit rating in peril. That speaks volumes.”

Note: TNReport has video of the governor’s commentary HERE.