No movement Tuesday on state budget

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 9:31pm

After a long day of bickering and some partisan sniping, neither the Tennessee House of Representatives nor the State Senate on Tuesday voted to adopt a state budget.

The most eventful action of the day occurred when the House took a half-hour recess to evacuate their chambers because of tornado warnings for the downtown Nashville area. Beyond that, other legislation was debated at length without addressing the budget.

The House will reconvene at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Like the House, the State Senate was expected to take up the budget, albeit a different version that they approved last week in their finance committee.

State Sen. Jim Kyle (D-Memphis), sponsor of the budget bill in the Senate, asked that it be taken up when it reconvenes at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Kyle made his motion prior to the House adjourning and may push his bill back further on the calender and await action by the House.

Senate Democrats prefer the House version of the budget as it more closely resembles the original budget submitted by Gov. Phil Bredesen.


1 Comment on this post:

By: thejudge on 6/17/09 at 6:10

Imagine while tennesseans are losing jobs, losing homes, etc our legislature has focused on saggy pants, text messaging and the asinine right to carry weapons to bars and parks, yet they can't pass a budget. I say vote them all out. Stop looking at dem or rep and close your eyes and choose. I believe you can't go wrong compared with what we've got.