- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A group of protesters has gathered at the Tennessee Capitol to speak out against Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration mulling over privatization of operations in state government.

Organizers said Friday that outsourcing workers at state colleges and parks would hurt employees who count on those wages and benefits. Members of the group wore stickers saying “Tennessee is not for sale,” and chanted “H-A-S-L-A-M: Takes from us and gives to them.”

The protesters said they had come from as far away as Knoxville, Johnson City, Pikeville, Murfreesboro and Memphis to deliver a petition opposing privatization to the governor’s office.

Haslam has said that he hasn’t made up his mind on whether to pursue privatization, but has argued that the issue is worth examining if it can save the state money.

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