Governor Phil Bredesen is praising Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey for his work brokering a deal to pass a budget through the state legislature. The Democratic governor says he hopes other Republican lawmakers mature in Ramsey’s model.
In the state House of Representatives, the session that just ended was unpredictable, and at times volatile, as Republicans only recently took control of the lower chamber.
Bredesen says he hopes they’ll “settle down,” using the Senate as an example, where Republican Ramsey took over a few years ago.
“In the end, you have to pass budgets and do those kinds of things, and I thought Ron Ramsey – at the end – stepped up and agreed to some things and found out some ways to make some compromises to get the budget passed, and I think they’ll have to do that.”
Bredesen says another factor adding to legislative conflict was his lame-duck status as an outgoing governor.