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Governor's budget cuts $102 million from higher ed

March 11, 2003

Gov. Phil Bredesen proposed a $21.5 billion budget that includes no new taxes and across-the-board reductions in state spending. The budget was introduced in the governor's first major address to a joint session of the state House and Senate Monday.

If approved, the budget would eliminate 845 positions across state government, 207 of them currently filled.

Most layoffs will be in the Department of Children's Services, Human Services, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Safety Department.
March 11, 2003

Gov. Phil Bredesen proposed a $21.5 billion budget that includes no new taxes and across-the-board reductions in state spending. The budget was introduced in the governor's first major address to a joint session of the state House and Senate Monday.

If approved, the budget would eliminate 845 positions across state government, 207 of them currently filled.

Most layoffs will be in the Department of Children's Services, Human Services, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Safety Department.

Although all 45 state departments would lose appropriations under the proposal, higher education took one of the biggest hits in terms of dollars, with a $102,327,200 reduction in funding.

The only new funding proposed was an additional $500,000 for implementation of the Geier desegregation settlement.

Austin Peay would lose $2.81 million under the proposed plan.