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"I think we're going to accomplish great things with the Governor," says Rep. Beth Harwell (R-Nashville).
The power on Capitol Hill is now overwhelmingly in Republican hands. The GOP has a 2/3 super majority in both chambers.
"You know it's an awesome responsibility to have that on our shoulders, and I feel like we're up to the task of leadership," says Harwell.
The big question here: will there be room for compromise? It's possible to pass any bill without a single Democrat's vote. Democrats are already trying to assert themselves, asking for more open meetings, and challenging some of the Republican proposals being offered.
"James K. Polk said one man with courage is a majority, and we will put that to test this session," says Sen. Jim Kyle (D-Memphis).
There are plenty of issues to debate, including wine in grocery stores, school vouchers, teachers with guns and reducing the tax on food. Democrat Representative Mike Stewart (D-Nashville) says Republicans will ultimately answer to voters.
"I suspect after this session, we'll see the people of Tennessee in many areas make a change and move toward Democrats and away from Republicans," says Stewart.
Several members say they're looking forward to a productive and efficient session.
"What the people really want us to do is balance the budget, cut taxes, have a smaller government, and get out as quickly as we can," says Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville).
The gavel has dropped on Capitol Hill. One party leads, the other keeps fighting. Lawmakers hope to complete their work on Capitol Hill by the end of April. Governor Haslam will present his budget proposal to the General Assembly at the end of the month.
Tuesday, January 8 2013, 09:13 PM CST
Hungry TennCare eating more of state budget
May 24, 2013 16:56 GMT
JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- State Treasurer David Lillard says expanding health care costs could absorb funding the state used to spend on other needs.
The Jackson Sun (http://bit.ly/16eqTpT ) reported Lillard talked about the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act on Tennessee finances as he spoke to the West Tennessee Association of Health Underwriters on Thursday.
Lillard noted the state budget that goes into effect July 1 contains $391 million in new revenue and more than $300 million of that will be consumed by TennCare.
Lillard said support for higher education could further erode as a result. In 1990, state revenue funded more than half the cost of state universities. That percentage has already declined to about 38 percent and could be further reduced.
Information from: The Jackson Sun, http://www.jacksonsun.com
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