Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor, Feb. 25, 2010:
Principles helped bring success to Knoxville; Haslam wants same for state
KNOXVILLE – Republican gubernatorial candidate Mayor Bill Haslam today released his ten guiding principles for conservative fiscal leadership as he has practiced in the public and private sector and would when elected governor.
Mayor Haslam’s ten principles are:
1. First ask the question, should state government actually be doing this?
2. Always ask the question, is this the most efficient and effective way to do it?
3. Manage conservatively and spend less than you take in
4. Hold the reins when times are good
5. Prioritize when times are bad
6. Avoid debt
7. Keep taxes low
8. Ensure Tennessee remains a state WITHOUT an income tax
9. Ensure every initiative of state government is producing a measurable, positive outcome
10. Be a faithful steward of taxpayer dollars
A hardworking, conservative public servant, Mayor Haslam led Knoxville to become one of the top ten metropolitan areas for business and expansion, while reducing the city’s debt, tripling the rainy day fund, and bringing property taxes to the lowest rate in more than 50 years.
“The same financial principles Tennessee families use when sitting around the kitchen table can and should be used when managing a city or state’s budget,” Mayor Haslam said. “As Mayor for the last seven years, I’ve been responsible for preparing, passing, and executing a budget – the same way a governor does – and through our commitment to conservative principles, we’ve successfully strengthened Knoxville.
“We managed Knoxville’s budget by doing things like avoiding debt and tightening the reins during the good times,” Haslam said. “As governor, I would use these same conservative fiscal principles to bring the type of success we’ve had in Knoxville to the state.”
“Mayor Haslam is the only conservative fiscal leader in the race who can back that up with a proven record and not empty rhetoric,” said Mark Cate, the campaign manager. “Families across the state are turning to their local community groups, their churches, and Dave Ramsey-type programs for guidance, and as governor Bill would use many of these common sense, time-tested principles to guide our state.”
Bill Haslam is the two-term Mayor of Knoxville, re-elected in 2007 with 87% of the vote. Bill and Crissy Haslam have two daughters, Annie and Leigh, and a son, Will, who resides in Knoxville with his wife, Hannah.