Blue Collar Muse addresses some misinformation being disseminated via email.
There’s an old saying, “There’s lies, damned lies and then there’s statistics!” I’ve found that assessment reliable. Nowhere more so than in the hands of those with an agenda and an unreliable commitment to truth.
In the last week I’ve received several emails from the Tennessee Sons of Liberty (TSL) and groups affiliated with them proclaiming, “Haslam + TN Republicans Grow TN Government.”
I will not regurgitate his entire post, but it is worth reading for anyone wanting the straight scoop. The truth is the exact opposite.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed the $31.5 billion FY2013 state budget into law on May 15, 2012. The FY2013 state spending plan is $627 million less than that for FY2012.
The state operates operates on an annual budget cycle. The state’s fiscal year begins July 1.
Tennessee has a total state debt of approximately $34,243,421,000 when calculated by adding the total of outstanding official debt, pension and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) liabilities, Unemployment Trust Fund loans, and the FY2013 state budget gap. The debt is less than the prior year’s approximate total of $35,239,489,000.
Tennessee’s total state debt per capita is $5,347.73.
So no, Tennessee’s government is not growing under Governor Haslam. While other states are buckling under tremendous fiscal loads, Tennessee is shrinking its budget and debt while at the same time improving the delivery of services to its citizens.