Haslam Gives 4th ‘State of State’ Speech Tonight

Gov. Bill Haslam is giving his fourth State of the State address this evening at 6 p.m. Central time. The governor will unveil details of his annual state spending proposal and lay out some of his top legislative priorities for the year, the Times Free Press reports. Haslam has warned that flagging state revenues combined with growing health care costs will put the squeeze on programs. State lawmakers expect the governor to emphasize his “Drive to 55” initiative, which aims to increase Tennessee's college graduate rate to 55 percent by 2025 and new requirements to limit the sale of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine.