Haslam studying privatizing services

Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

NASHVILLE - While Republican Gov. Bill Haslam favors privatizing state government services in areas where he thinks it makes sense, he isn't ready to go on a government outsourcing crusade.

"I think our mission is to be able to provide that service at as low of a price as we can, and most of the time that'll mean doing it ourselves," Haslam said. "But if it can be done at a higher quality and a lower cost by someone else, we should do that."

The governor told the Chattanooga Times Free Press in an interview last week that revenues are still below normal from the Great Recession and that state governments, including Tennessee's, must keep looking at what they do and how they do it.

Haslam,