published Thursday, April 10th, 2014

TN lawmakers to vote on state's $32.4 billion spending plan today

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee lawmakers are poised to vote on a $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July.

The proposal is on the Senate and House calendars for today

The plan removes previously planned salary increases for teachers and state employees to make up for flagging state revenue collections.

But Republican Rep. Matthew Hill of Jonesborough plans to present an amendment to the budget that seeks to give a $500 bonus to all teachers and state employees who have at least three years of service, and a 1 percent pay increase for all teachers and state employees next year, contingent upon state revenue being available to pay for it.

He says his proposal requires no new spending.

Lawmakers are required by the state constitution to pass a balanced budget each year.

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