Haslam to offer budget amendment next week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration will present its budget amendment to lawmakers early next week.

The Republican governor told reporters after a meeting of the Tennessee Board of Regents on Thursday that the measure will seek to restore permanent funding for several services that had faced cuts before the state's revenues began to improve.

The introduction of the governor's budget amendment is traditionally the last major step to be taken before lawmakers can begin winding up the session.

Haslam has chosen not to wait for April revenue numbers before crafting his amendment. Those figures have traditionally been viewed as crucial, because they reflect a large portion of the state's corporate tax collections.

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