Election Day also marked the start of this year’s budget season in state government. Gov. Bill Haslam’s Administration is asking departments to at least prepare for cuts of five percent. Some parts of state government may get trimmed under Governor Bill Haslam’s proposal, even as tax collections continue to improve. He says the rise in revenue still leaves some holes. Haslam says higher education needs some more investment and the state also needs to make up for past cuts to the Department of Correction.