Crossville legislator tries to restore Taft Youth Center funding

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NASHVILLE - Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, is planning to push a House floor amendment this afternoon intended to restore funding for Taft Youth Center in the state's 2012-2013 budget.

House Republican leaders as well as Gov. Bill Haslam, whose budget calls for closing the Pikeville state facility for hard-case youthful offenders, are opposing the move.

The amendment would continue nearly $12 million for the 96-bed facility. Many Democrats and a number of Republicans are said to be considering supporting the amendment.

Rep. Tommie Brown, D-Chattanooga, said she intends to press ahead with her own $1 million amendment to continue state funding for an ongoing project that seeks to address racial and ethnic disparities in math achievement.