Outsourcing criticism might not slow governor's plans

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam talks about education and his budget to the editorial board at the Times Free Press.

A letter signed by a majority of state lawmakers urging Gov. Bill Haslam's administration to postpone a plan to outsource jobs on college campuses and other state-owned property is only the latest sign of deep reservations surrounding the project. Seventy-five state lawmakers on Monday signed the letter, delivering yet another blow to the controversial proposal.

In the letter to Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin, signed by Republicans and Democrats from both chambers, the lawmakers ask to delay the outsourcing plan to allow "enough time to address concerns from the General Assembly."

Local lawmakers signing the letter included Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga; Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga; Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah; Rep. Mark Gravitt, R-East Ridge, and Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma.

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