Interview: Governor Haslam Justifies Corporate Subsidies Even When Money Is Tight

Interview: Governor Haslam Justifies Corporate Subsidies Even When Money Is Tight

Tennessee’s multi-million dollar corporate subsidies don’t get quite the same public scrutiny that the state budget is getting this week in live-streamed hearings with Governor Bill Haslam. So in an interview with WPLN, we press Haslam to justify his recent spending on economic development incentives, especially since he’s been asking for much of state government to do more with less.

“Ultimately, the best thing we can do for the state is bring jobs,” Haslam says. “That will drive more revenue to the state than anything else.”

Blake Farmer

Blake Farmer is WPLN's assistant news director, but he wears many hats - reporter, editor and host. He covers the Tennessee state capitol while also keeping an eye on Fort Campbell and business trends, frequently contributing to national programs. Born in Tennessee and educated in Texas, Blake has called Nashville home for most of his life.
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