NASHVILLE -- By proposing education reforms and the biggest increase in school funding of his tenure -- and a tax increase to pay for them -- Gov. Phil Bredesen is following a script written by his three two-term predecessors:
1. Spend your first four years getting the state's fiscal house in order and making incremental improvements in the services and programs delivered by state government, without a tax increase.
2. Win an easy re-election.
3. Launch your second term with a major new initiative, preferably sweeping education reforms, and work to win legislative approval for the tax increase needed to pay for it.