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Gov. Bill Lee: New state budget returns Tennessee to 'pre-pandemic priorities'

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Gov. Bill Lee now has a $42.6 billion dollar state budget waiting on his desk.

Lawmakers approved the 2021-22 budget yesterday for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Among the more notable expenditures: $931 million for capital maintenance and improvements, $250 million to create a mental health trust fund, $100 million for high-speed internet, $71 million for public schools and $50 million for a special food sales tax holiday.

Not everyone is pleased with the budget. Tennessee’s largest teachers union berated the governor for not spending more on education at a time when the state is enjoying record tax collections.

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