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VOL. 124 | NO. 118 | Thursday, June 18, 2009

Legislative Leaders Reach Deal on Tenn. Budget

ERIK SCHELZIG | Associated Press Writer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Lawmakers say they have reached a tentative agreement to resolve major differences over Tennessee's $29.6 billion annual spending plan.

Republican House Speaker Kent Williams of Elizabethton says the agreement covers paying for the entire pre-kindergarten program with general fund money and issuing bonds to construct buildings at state colleges and universities.

Williams says House members are still considering a series of cuts for projects included in their budget proposal to bring it closer into line with the Senate version.

Democratic House Budget Subcommittee Chairman Harry Tindell of Knoxville says the challenge is coming up with a final agreement where "both sides think they won."

The House could vote on the budget bill as early as Wednesday evening.

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Read SB2355 and HB2392 at http://www.capitol.tn.gov

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