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Reaction pours in to the governor's budget recommendation. Sen. Tim Burchett,
R-Knoxville: "There will be a lot of gnashing of teeth, and people are going to be upset about any cuts. Some are going to want more cuts and others are going to say there's not enough." ... Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey
: "We're leaving a lot of money in reserves, and that's good. If we've seen the light at the end of the tunnel, it's a very dim glimmer, so we need to keep that money laid back as long as we can." ... The Commercial Appeal sees
a storm brewing over TennCare. ... House Democratic leader Gary Odom worries about the TennCare cuts
: "One of the most troubling for me is the cap on hospitalization. If that was left as it is now, there's going to be a lot of hospitals shut down in the state, it would seem to me." ... House Speaker Kent Williams
cheers money for a school health program: "In some of our rural counties and inner cities, I know this is the only care that some of these kids get." State Employees Association president Robert O'Connell
bemoans the layoffs:
"We are very sorry to hear him say that, especially in a state that has nearly a billion dollars in reserves. We are a family. We are sitting at the dinner table hungry. There's no food on the table, and there's money in the savings account. That doesn't add up."
See Tom Humphrey ... Rick Locker ... Andy Sher ... Lucas Johnson ... Chas Sisk.
the latest fund-raising totals in the governor's race. ... The Tennessee Court of Appeals upholds Lineweaver's
contempt charges. ... Wine-in-grocery stores
legislation takes new twist. ... David Davis decides
against a rematch against Rep. Phil Roe. ... Vanderbilt tries to distance
itself from comments by its Muslim chaplain who said he would have to "go with what Islam teaches" regarding the imposition of capital punishment on homosexuals. ... Metro plans to consolidate public access TV channels.