With a Republican governor presiding over a Repuplican-dominated legislature, it would seem to follow that Tennessee would be earning high marks from organizations like the Cato Institute.
But Cato recently gave Gov. Bill Haslam a 'D' and assigned him a number grade putting him among the lowest-ranking governors in the country. This, despite Haslam cutting taxes significantly and raising the state's rainy-day fund.
When the Tennessee Lottery on Monday reported another record year of revenues, everyone from all parties said they were pleased.
But as our ruling from March points out, there is a definite difference in opinion on whether the lottery should be considered in good financial health and how much of the proceeds and massive reserve fund should go toward helping students fund college tuition.