Chris Butler is an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org who covers Tennessee and his home state of Louisiana. Chris is based in Nashville. Contact him at cbutler@watchdog.org and follow him on Facebook at "Chris-Butler-WriterJournalist" or on Twitter at cdbutler1204.

Surprise: Tennessee’s own U.S. senator wants to raise your fuel taxes too

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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One higher fuel tax evidently isn’t enough for Tennessee’s drivers.

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No gas tax increase until Tennessee cuts wasteful spending, legislators warn

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam spends too much gas tax revenue on things besides roads, and he might not get a gas tax increase for that reason, two state legislators suggest.

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Top 10 questions Tennessee’s governor should answer about gas tax increase

By   /  June 25, 2015  /  Commentary, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam plans to sweet talk state residents into paying higher fuel taxes to supposedly keep up the roads, but there are 10 important questions he needs to answer before we go along.
Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation say they’re running out of money and have […]

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Tennessee agency calls for higher gas taxes; spends millions on bike trails

By   /  June 24, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Tennessee wants drivers to pay higher fuel taxes for roads as the state spends millions on bike trails.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is pushing for an increase to the gas tax, but the specifics are unclear. He told the Tennessean drivers are “paying 33 percent less tax now than they were 10 years ago, […]

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