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Tennessee ranks 18th in annual tax climate ranking

Tennessee finished 18th in a new study by the Tax Foundation showing which states are best at structuring their tax systems

College football coach is highest-paid public employee in Tennessee

Jeremy Pruitt, head football coach at the University of Tennessee, earned $3.85 million in 2018, making Pruitt the highest-paid public employee in Tennessee last year, according to a ranking by the website GOBankingRates.

Funding for arts agencies in Tennessee to reach $8 million in FY2020

Legislative appropriations for Tennessee arts agencies are projected to reach $8 million for fiscal year 2020, which equates to $1.18 per capita in the state, according to a report from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).

Tennessee levies a total tax on lodging of 7%

Hotel room bills in Tennessee tack on a total state lodging tax of 7 percent, the lodging tax rate in the nation, according to a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

12 counties in Tennessee are now 2nd Amendment sanctuaries

Twelve counties in the state are now under a Second Amendment sanctuary law or ordinance, according to updates from the website Gunrightswatch.com and media reports.

4,112 borrowers in Tennessee filed for student loan forgiveness in 2nd quarter

Borrowers in Tennessee who sought forgiveness of their student loans in the second quarter of 2019 numbered 4,112, according to a new state-by-state analysis by the U.S. Department of Education.

$599 million in federal research dollars flowed to Tennessee in FY 2018

Federal agency research dollars going to Tennessee totaled $599 million in fiscal year 2018, according to a new analysis by the Research!America alliance.

Tennessee received nearly $6.1 million in public broadcasting funds last year

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting allocated $6,079,097 in fiscal-year 2018 to support public television and radio in Tennessee, the 22nd highest amount among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, CPB reported.

Tennessee 2-year college students pay $4,560 in tuition and fees

Tennessee two-year colleges charged students $4,560 in tuition and fees during the 2018-19 academic year, the 30th lowest cost among 49 states examined, the College Board said in a new report.

9 U.S. House members from Tennessee make $174,000 annually

Each of the nine U.S. House of Representatives members representing Tennessee draws an annual salary of $174,000, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Tennessee 4-year university tuitions jumped 75.8% over 15 years

Tennessee four-year public university tuition and fees went from $5,833 in 2004-05 to $10,255 in 2019-20, the 13th largest increase among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the College Board said in a new report.

Tennessee legislators make base salary of $24,316 per year

State lawmakers in Tennessee now draw a base salary of $24,316 per year, in addition to travel outlays of 47 cents per mile, according to a recent study by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Tennessee community college tuitions jumped 56.1% over 15 years

Tennessee two-year college tuition and fees at public institutions went from $2,976 in 2004-05 to $4,646 in 2019-20, the 10th largest increase among 49 states studied, the College Board said in a new report.

Tennessee governor makes annual salary of $194,112

The governor of Tennessee now draws a yearly salary of $194,112, the fifth highest salary among the governors of the 50 states, according to recently reported financial data and media reports.

NEA estimates Tennessee K-12 schools spent $10 billion in 2018-19

Public schools in Tennessee spent an estimated $10 billion during the 2018-19 academic year, a 1.6 percent increase in expenditures over the previous year, according to a National Education Association report.

Tennessee children in foster care numbered 8,929 last year

The number of youths in foster care in Tennessee at the end of fiscal year 2018 stood at 8,929, a 4.3 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

43 jurisdictions, including Tennessee, require sales tax collections for online purchases

Tennessee is among the jurisdictions where sales tax collections are required for out-of-state purchases in the wake of the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

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