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House Speaker Beth Harwell says she believes it's important to have a transportation funding plan counter to Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax/tax cut act after House Republican Caucus members voted to oppose the governor's idea. The caucus, which has 74 members, cast anonymous votes on popsicle sticks after the House session Monday night, April 10. Thirty voted in favor of the IMPROVE Act, which was rewritten by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, and 37 voted against it. Comment?
NASHVILLE Gov. Bill Haslam's IMPROVE Act and fuel-tax increase plan remains alive after parliamentary moves Wednesday, March 1, in the House Transportation Subcommittee and action that led to the death of a competing bill. The panel voted to send a gutted version of Haslam's bill to the full House Transportation Committee. Comment?
Democrats appear delighted about division within Republican ranks concerning Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed fuel-tax increase, detecting a possible chink in the armor. "How many times does the supermajority have to stab the governor in the back and undermine his core proposals before the people of the state of Tennessee wonder whether they need a different group up here?" asks Mike Stewart, House Minority Caucus chairman. Comment?
A private inspector and police are blaming "mechanical failure," but government investigators are still sorting out exactly how a Ferris wheel seat flipped over at a Tennessee county fair, sending three girls plummeting 30 to 45 feet to the ground. The accident left a 6-year-old girl with a traumatic brain injury, and has prompted renewed scrutiny of the lack of state or federal inspections to ensure that traveling carnival ride has been safely installed before it opens for business. Comment?
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