State budget hearings begin this week in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam is starting the annual state budget hearings for the fiscal year 2013-14 this week in Nashville.

Haslam, Finance and Administration Commissioner Mark Emkes and David Thurman, the state budget director, will preside over the hearings that begin Tuesday and will last through next Tuesday.

Proceedings can be viewed online at .

The first day of hearings will cover several different departments, including safety, tourist development, military, veterans affairs, agriculture, health, education and environment and conservation.

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