NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Governor Bill Haslam delivered his State of the State address Monday night at the Tennessee Capitol.
During his speech, Haslam promised to move “full speed ahead” in serving the state’s taxpayers.
“I stand here tonight to tell you that the state of our state is enviable in many ways,” he said. “There are a lot of good things happening in Tennessee, and they’re being recognized in significant ways across the country.”
The governor noted nearly 225,000 jobs have been created in Tennessee since 2011, that we lead the nation in academic achievement gains and we have lowest debt per capita of any state.
Haslam also emphasized the importance of education, both K through 12 and higher.
“I truly believe that getting education right is critical to the well-being of our state – today and in the future,” Haslam said. “We have to keep going full speed ahead. We can’t afford to go backwards. We’ve come too far to sell ourselves short.”
He noted the state’s effort to further the Drive to 55 campaign, an initiative that aims to raise the percentage of Tennesseans with a certificate or degree beyond high school to 55 percent by 2025. Part of the initiative is Haslam’s Tennessee Promise.
Haslam stated, “For the last 30 years, Tennessee’s greatest need has been for better trained workers who can fill the jobs that companies want to bring here. We think the Tennessee Promise is a game changer.
The governor also outlined his budget for the 2015-2016 year, which includes nearly $170 million for K through 12 education.
The complete text of the governor’s speech and an archived video of his speech will be available at www.tn.gov/stateofthestate.