Gov. Haslam throws out income disclosure rules

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an executive order that eliminates a requirement for the governor and top aides to disclose how much they earn.

Under the order signed after Haslam took office on Saturday, the disclosure rules applying to himself and senior administration officials will be the same as those for members of the General Assembly. Those only requires them to list sources of income, but not how much they make.

The move wipes off the books former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen's first executive order of 2003, which required the top executive branch officials to make annual reports about their total earnings.

Haslam was heavily criticized during the campaign for refusing to say how much he earned from family owned Pilot, a national truck stop chain with annual revenues of about $20 billion.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Larry Location: Powell on Jan 18, 2011 at 03:08 AM
    Yes it is a surprise, right! Why do we need to know? One reason Justin, special intrest, special intrest, if you don't understand that, you want buy a Island? how about good good use car? Being around for over 62 years and living during Watergate, Iran-Contral and reading in College about the Teapot Dome Scandal and the Grant Scandals. The more open goverment the better off the people are.
  • by W Location: Knox on Jan 17, 2011 at 10:10 PM
    When leaders don't state how much they make then nobody knows how much they are being paid off. Wonder when the gas price fixing starts.
  • by Kay Location: Jefferson County on Jan 17, 2011 at 02:01 PM
    Makes you wonder what he is trying to hide since he refused to reveal his finances during the election. Now one of the first things he does is do away with anything that will make him show his finances. Even the president files his income tax forms for Americans to see but Haslam doesn't even have to do that.
  • by Justin Location: Knoxville on Jan 17, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    Why is it anyone's business how much money Governor Haslam makes, as long as he governs our state with the people's best interests in mind.
  • by Ann Location: Sevier co. on Jan 17, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    Why am I not surprised- a commenter on the KNS site said 'let the looting begin!' Yep! What I want to know is why are the big noses allowed to not disclose their wealth and we little peons are required to disclose ours on pain of imprisonment? This is exactly why I voted for Ron Ramsey- don't blame me when we have to continue paying through the nose when many are starving.
  • by Rick Norris Location: Knoxville on Jan 17, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    What a surprise.....

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