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State Spending Plan Headed To Full House

State Spending Plan Headed To Full House

CREATED Apr 9, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's annual spending plan is headed to a full House vote.

The House Finance Committee approved the measure on a voice vote Tuesday night. The Senate is hoping to also take up the legislation this week.

Governor Bill Haslam has said planned increases in higher education funding and pay raises for teachers and state employees will have to be abandoned to balance the books.

The Republican governor said an ongoing decline in revenue collections is the main reason for not being able to give the increases and raises.

House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley proposed an amendment in the House Finance Committee Tuesday night to take money from reserves to give a one-time bonus to state employees and teachers, but the measure failed.

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