General Assembly OKs Haslam's $32.8B budget plan

Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 3:35pm

Gov. Bill Haslam's $32.8 billion budget has cleared the Tennessee General Assembly.

The Senate unanimously approved the spending plan on Wednesday afternoon, and the House later followed suit on an 83-14 vote.

On Thursday, the Senate unanimously agreed with minor changes the House made and sent the proposal to the governor.

The budget includes $77.4 million for a 1.5 percent pay raise for state employees, $22.2 million to reduce the sales tax on food by a quarter of a cent, and $18.7 million to continue the elimination of the state's inheritance tax.

The measure also has $100 million to shore up the state's rainy day fund, which is currently $356 million.

5 Comments on this post:

By: JeffF on 4/18/13 at 1:50

I like how no one even attempts to mention what the 14 no votes were about. Ah the beauty of having one party become completely and utterly irrelevant within a period of 12 years.

By: pswindle on 4/18/13 at 5:26

We can't give up. The GOP has made a total mess of our once great state. The unemployment has gone up almost from the day that Haslam took office. You can't lay off the workforce and survive.

By: pswindle on 4/18/13 at 5:29

Haslam is taking care of his family, no inheritance tax. Are we going to stand-by and let him destroy our state? When money is short the workers will pay for the shortfall.

By: pswindle on 4/19/13 at 11:59

THIS SO CALLED QUARTER OF A CENT ON GROCERIES WOULD AMOUNT TO EACH FAMILY ABOUT $2.50 A YEAR., BUT IT WOULD TAKE ABOUT 22.2 MILLION OUT OF THE BUDGET. I JUST DON'T GET IT. IT WOULD NOT HELP THE PEOPLE AT ALL. WHO DOES THE ELIMINATION OF THE INHERITANCE TAX HELP? YOU GOT IT, THE GOVERNOR AND HIS REBATE FAMILY. I CAN NOT UNDERSTAND WHY WE TENNESSEANS ARE SITTING BACK AND LETTING THIS HAPPEN AND NOT DO ANYTHING.

By: yucchhii on 4/22/13 at 8:53

POLITICIANS DON'T HAVE TO WORRY about their grocery bill sine WE THE PEOPLE PAY FOR IT!! They are WORSE than people on WELFARE!! Tax payers pay for them as well as the POLITICIANS!!