Both Chambers Adopt Haslam's Budget Plan
Both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly adopted Governor Bill Haslam's $32.8 billion budget proposal.
The Senate unanimously approved the spending plan Wednesday afternoon, and the House followed suit. The House vote came after the chamber rejected a Democratic proposal to include a provision allowing the state to spend up to $3 billion in federal Medicaid money if the governor succeeds in negotiating an expansion under the federal health care law.
Republican House Finance Chairman Charles Sargent says Haslam's negotiations are unlikely to succeed within the next several months, and that the governor has pledged to seek legislative approval if any deal is struck.
The bill goes back to the Senate to weigh minor changes made by the House.