Governor begins annual budget hearings on Monday
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam will begin his annual budget hearings at the state Capitol on Monday.
Five agencies are scheduled to make presentations, including the Department of Children's Services, which oversees a troubled Nashville youth detention facility that recently made national headlines because of rioting and escapes.
Critics have said previous budget cuts contributed to problems at the Woodland Hills facility, such as staff reductions and low pay to workers.
With state revenues expected to be tight, Haslam asked state departments in August to submit plans detailing how they would cut up to 7 percent of their budgets.