NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- The Tennessee State Senate has approved a paired down state budget that gives Gov. Bill Lee most of what he asked for to deal with the coronavirus crisis.
The $39.4 billion dollar plan eliminates raises previously approved for teachers and some other public employees. It adds $50 million to fund state worker buyouts and $200 million to ease the pandemic burden on county and city governments..
It’s unclear how the Tennessee House will react to the Senate budget. The lower chamber has spent the last two weeks debating numerous bills the Senate has refused to consider, including measures that deal with gun rights, abortion and transgender students.
The two chambers must agree on a budget before the legislature can adjourn for the year.