Bredesen mulling line-item vetoes for budget plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Phil Bredesen says he is reviewing the final version of the $30 billion annual spending plan passed by the lawmakers to see if will exercise his line-item veto.

The Democratic governor told reporters Monday that he has specific concerns over the Legislature's decision to keep open the Green Valley Developmental Center in Greenville and the Whiteville Correctional Facility in Hardeman County.

Keeping the two facilities open through July 2011 would cost the state about $22 million.

Bredesen, who leaves office in January, said he is generally satisfied with the budget plan, though lawmakers tapped into reserves more than he would have preferred.

The new budget year begins July 1.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Wanda Hester Location: Maryville on Jun 22, 2010 at 05:34 AM
    If Bredesen rules out funding Greene Valley Developmental Center it will be devastating to hundreds of people. People will lose their jobs, but many handicapped men, women and children will be forced into the traumatic situation of being cared for by individuals who are strangers to them. The fact that he is even considering cutting jobs in a county that has the highest unemployment rate in the State is utterly ridiculous! There are many places that could withstand cuts far more than Greene Valley. If he cuts this from the State budget, I hope he has many, many restless nights and is haunted by the trauma he has caused to these helpless individuals who reside at this home for the handicapped. We beg that those who are working with them get to continue. Residents will then not suffer from the trauma of having strangers "bump down" to care for them, entering the cottages with a chip on their shoulders to handle the care of these individuals unaware of any of their personal traits.


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