This is absolutely weird in addition to being an affront to TN tax payers. Gov. Haslam has budgeted $45 million to provide incentives for rural broadband providers except the ones that are owned by taxpayers.
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Then there's a meeting to decide how to divide the state tax dollars and it's run by a Congress person, not a state official. And the media is barred because Marsha Blackburn declares it "Off the record!"

This does not look good for the taxpayers of Tennessee having their money wisely and fairly spent.

Humphrey has the report:

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.