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Haslam report to bond-rating agencies mentions outsourcing

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — While Gov. Bill Haslam says he has not decided whether to outsource management of more state-owned buildings, a document used earlier this month in presentations to New York bond-rating agencies says he's eyeing that possibility.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Republican governor and top state officials relied on a 63-page PowerPoint document in their Oct. 9-10 pitch to Wall Street experts reviewing the state's financial picture in advance of Tennessee issuing new bonds.

A one-page section called "Looking Ahead" cites two specific initiatives "to reduce costs and improve productivity."

One is energy management. The other is "Facilities Management Outsourcing."

That's the proposal now generating a ruckus among state government and higher education workers as well as many Democratic and some Republican legislators.