published Friday, June 17th, 2011

Haslam concerned about double-digit tuition increases

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam says proposed double-digit tuition increases at the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents systems are a concern and he intends to press officials about their operations.

“We have a major issue around keeping college affordable for middle-class families in Tennessee,” the governor told reporters today. “No. 2, I think the universities — TBR schools and UT schools — need to make sure they’re doing everything they can to keep costs down.

“But,” Haslam said, “we also have to be realistic. Part of their problem is we’re giving them less funding as a percentage of their budget than we used to, and it’s quite a bit less.”

The governor’s comments came with news that the University of Tennessee system is considering a 9.9 percent tuition hike at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and UT-Martin. UT’s main campus in Knoxville wants a 12 percent jump.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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memphisexile said...

That is cute. I am glad he is concerned. Now that we know our governor is concerned, maybe he can tell us what he plans to do about the problem.

June 17, 2011 at 2:25 p.m.
AlmostAmanda said...

He plans to tell middle class families that tax breaks for millionaires are the answer to everything. Work harder for lower wages, fewer benefits, limited safety standards and liability for violating those standards, and maybe the benevolent "job creators" will throw us all a bone.

June 18, 2011 at 1:45 a.m.
grease said...

AlmostAmanda - the State of Tennessee is funded by a sales tax, which eliminates the 'social engineering' that is so prevalent at the federal level. So, the class warfare, hate the rich arguments are not applicable.

June 18, 2011 at 7:13 p.m.

memphis, you beat me to the word with that thought. Haslam is starting to get on my last nerve with his inability to solve our state's economic problems. Then again he is no where near being a middle class citizen in the great state of Tennessee, so how can he identify with the regular folks. Heck we didn't have much of a choice for governor anyway in the last election.

June 18, 2011 at 10:22 p.m.
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