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Senator Asks Auditors To Review Haslam Savings Claims

Posted: Updated: Jan 28, 2014 07:05 PM
Sen. Bill Ketron Sen. Bill Ketron

by Phil Williams
Chief Investigative Reporter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A leading lawmaker is asking state auditors to investigate the Haslam administration's claims about how much it's really saving taxpayers.

It follows an exclusive NewsChannel 5 investigation that aired Monday.

Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, expressed concerns after our report on the Haslam administration's Project T3 -- which was supposed to reduce the amount of office space used by state government.

But we discovered the state taking credit for millions of dollars in canceled leases that haven't really been canceled, leases that were canceled for reasons that have nothing to do with T3 and leases that were canceled but replaced with new leases.

And internal documents show that T3 may not really save the $100 million that the administration has claimed.

"You know, $20 million is good, but where is the $80 million?" asked Ketron, who heads the legislature's Fiscal Review Committee.

"So that gives some concern as to why were we given those numbers."

The Comptroller's Office, where state auditors are based, had no comment.


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