Haslam adds $74M to budget bill; $30M for school safety, $10M for aviation grants

Press release from the governor’s office

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today proposed $30 million to improve school safety across the state in the amendment to the fiscal year 2018-19 budget proposal to be considered by the General Assembly in the coming weeks.

The funding includes $25 million in nonrecurring and $5.2 million in recurring school safety grants. Earlier this month, the governor appointed a School Safety Working Group to review school safety in Tennessee and provide recommendations to enhance the security of school children. In the coming days, the working group will submit options for consideration that will serve as a basis for state action and approved school safety measures.

“Our children deserve to learn in a safe and secure environment and I’ve asked the working group to make specific recommendations on school safety measures,” Haslam said. “These additional school safety funds, which include doubling the current amount of recurring funding we have through our school safety grants, will provide our schools with additional resources to meet their specific needs.”

The budget amendment also contains $3 million in nonrecurring funds for grants to provide funding for school districts to address the extra costs associated with purchasing buses equipped with seat belts.

Other notable investments in the FY 18-19 budget amendment include:

  • $5 million in nonrecurring broadband accessibility grants, in addition to the $10 million initially included in the FY 18-19 budget. The governor’s Broadband Accessibility Act became law in 2017 and committed $30 million in grants over three years.
  • $9 million in nonrecurring funds to purchase equipment at the 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology to improve and modernize a broad variety of workforce development programs.
  • An additional $1 million in recurring funds to provide mental health treatment and recovery services as part of TN Together – the governor’s comprehensive plan to end the opioid crisis in Tennessee.
  • $2 million in nonrecurring funds for an addiction services research program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in support of TN Together
  • $10 million in nonrecurring funds for the Aeronautics Development Fund to create jobs and investment opportunities in Tennessee’s aviation industry.

The amendment includes $74 million in nonrecurring funds and $9.8 million in recurring funds.

The budget amendment is traditionally introduced in the final weeks of the legislative session for consideration and approval by the General Assembly. Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin will present the budget amendment to the House and Senate Finance committees later Tuesday.

4 Responses to Haslam adds $74M to budget bill; $30M for school safety, $10M for aviation grants

  • Diana Page says:

    Hmmm. Let me think. I wonder if the NRA or TFA is ponying up the $30.2M for school safety? I wonder if they are ponying up $3.02?

    Of course, sadly, the $30.2M is a drop in the bucket that gun proliferation costs TN, and does not include the social costs of gun violence, which includes the corroding effect of law enforcement fear of everyday citizens.

  • Hope Foulds says:

    Hmmm, $3 M school buses with seats belts, understandable; and ~$30 M school safety, which DOUBLES the “current ” safety budget. What, pray tell, were they doing with the $15 M already provided for school safety that now requires an additional $15 M?!?!

  • Tommy Ray McAnally says:

    Diana and Hope, I think if HASLAM WOULD DO AS MUCH FOR THE TAX PAYERS OF TENNESSEE AS HE DOES FOR THE NRA AND OTHERS. WE MIGHT NOT HAVE POT HOLES. ILLEGALS, TRAFFIC, SECURITY,RAPES,MURDRS,ROBBERYS,AFFORDABLE LIVING,LOBBYIST,SPCIAL INTEREST,ILLEGAL DRUGS,ILLEGAL WEAPONS.CURFEW,HOPELESS ON ANd ON. BY THE WAY WHAT HAS HASLAM DONE THE LAST 8 years The tax payers does pay his salary as well as the legislatures.

  • KAY WHITE says:

    I guess that Governor Haslam will go back to the Federal Government, begging for “More” – Considering that the Federal Government GIVES the state of TN 42% or more of our TOTAL INCOME – the Budget Increases have been an insult to the U.S that we have a Governor who has continually overspent and raised the budgets each year! We need to get our priorities straight. This is why I am running for Governor. We do not need any more Governors who play the system, convincing our legislators to go along with them in these budgets, Gas Taxes, etc. Just recently Haslam has put a half million dollars into the budget to redo a very old theater in Jonesborough to have plays etc. Our State Rep, Matthew Hill is taking credit for getting this done and he is close friends with Beth Harwell who he is supporting but I helped him get elected over and over – now he wants to “Join” the crowd of elitist in Nashville who cannot spend the tax dollars fast enough! Jackson Theater will be used about the first six months and then like everything else, you know the train station revitalizations, etc will be neglected and become a burden to the taxpayers of TN . These are called: PET PROJECTS! We need bridges repaired that are near falling, roads repaired, not theaters and bicycle trails! I am a non establishment Woman of character who has raised 9 children, five of my own, owned a business and been a Realtor for 25 years. My husband is a keen businessman who will also help in cutting the budget and helping to get our State self sufficient before we are no longer able to do so! He was the owner of 19 Grocery Stores and knows how to squeeze every penny out of every dime. So the people of TN will get two for one! We have got to get free from those who only seek to help themselves. Vote RIGHT, VOTE Kay White in August for TN – Make me your choice and I will be your voice!

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