In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and its associated economic crisis, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a revised spending plan early Friday that implements deep cuts to save more than $1 billion.
Tennessee’s legislature approved a fast-tracked budget of about $39.8 billion late Thursday night after a marathon day of activity and as the state responds to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The amount is about $900 million less than what was initially proposed by Gov. Bill Lee’s administration.
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Despite slowing tax collections in recent months, the state’s top finance official is using rosy projections to put together next year’s budget.