Tennessee Democrats call for special session

photo An exterior view of the Tennessee State Capitol building.

Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

NASHVILLE - Senate and House Democrats today called on Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to convene a special session of the Legislature and use state revenue surpluses to offset planned higher education tuition hikes and cut the sales tax on groceries further.

"The money is there," Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, said at a news conference. "The issue on the table is what are we going to do with the taxpayers' money? Are we going to help the folks who are trying to go to school, who are buying food, or are we going to hold it?"

Democrats say state revenues so far this fiscal year are about $225 million above original revised estimates.