Bredesen to give speech, but release budget later

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Phil Bredesen may not be ready to lay out the details of a budget proposal, but he still plans to address Tennessee lawmakers next week.

The Democratic governor is consulting with leaders in the House and Senate about choosing a later date to present the state's spending plan because officials are still awaiting the full details of a federal stimulus package being debated in Congress.

Tennessee's share of that federal aid package is expected to significantly lessen the state's budget shortfall that had otherwise been expected to exceed $900 million.

Bredesen had been scheduled to present his budget on Feb. 9. The governor's spokeswoman Lydia Lenker says Bredesen still plans to give his annual state of the state address that evening, and could return for a second speech later.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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