Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Morning Roundup: Senate Republicans Unveil Budget Plan and Other Momentous Events

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 7:21 AM

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Senate Republicans are releasing their state budget plan today. It's expected to nix $500 million in Bredesen borrowing for university construction and bridge repair. House GOP leader Jason Mumpower: "It's kind of like using the credit card when you're in tight financial circumstances. I don't think the taxpayers of this state want us running up expenses on their credit card at a time like this." ... Road-builders are against the bridge bonding too. They host a fund-raiser for Ron Ramsey. ... It's the longest session since Bredesen took office (but of course, they've accomplished so much.) ... Tennessee Center for Policy Research accuses the administration of trying to resurrect failed tax measures in the "technical corrections" bill. ... House again delays voting on Bredesen's minimum residential building code. ... Rep. Curry Todd asks who needs ethics cops? ... Metro Council members are dropping their bill to stop guns in bars. ... Editorial: Stop playing games with Pre-K:
It seems that some at the state legislature insist on playing games with Tennessee's voluntary Pre-K program. Word is, they'll be introducing a budget alternative that shifts $22 million in Pre-K funding to "non-recurring" dollars. Here's what this means: After the 2009-2010 budget, that funding would go away. That's right, funding for 220 classrooms serving nearly 4500 4-year-olds would simply expire. Make no mistake this action is a first step in ending state funding for Pre-K.

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