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TENNESSEE HO– USE PASSES $37 BILLION BUDGET

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The Tennessee House passed a $37.5 billion budget, but only after arguments over whether to take money away from the City of Memphis as punishment for removing Confederate statues last year. Governor Bill Haslam asked for $211.8 million more for K-12 education, including $55.1 million for teacher pay raises. He added $30 million to fight opioid abuse and another $30 million for school safety following the Florida shootings in February that killed 17 people. The governor also included $99.1 million for higher education. The appropriations bill passed yesterday in the House 87-5. A last-minute amendment to the bill stripped $250,000 that would go to Memphis toward its bicentennial celebration next year. The Republican-dominated House reportedly did that to punish Memphis for taking down Confederate statues under cover of darkness.

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