HEADLINES : Tennessee
House passes $31 billion state budget, still at odds with Senate
NASHVILLE - House Republicans on Thursday soundly defeated a raft of Democratic attempts to revise their plans for state spending of $31.4 billion in the coming year and, by a closer margin, put down a rebellion against closing the Taft Youth Center.
The result was a 66-39 vote for HB3835, the budget bill submitted by Gov. Bill Haslam. It includes virtually everything that Haslam wanted, along with some additions.
The additions, however, are in conflict with Senate plans and leave uncertain the prospects for enactment of the budget in time to adjourn the 107th General Assembly this week as leaders had planned.
The Senate will take up the budget today. As approved in committee, it includes several special projects that the House has axed.
The longest debate in the House - if not the most heated - came on an effort led by Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, to block Haslam's plans to close the facility for juvenile offenders in Bledsoe County.