Tennessee’s public universities say this is the year to stem the tide in budget cuts. The Board of Regents and University of Tennessee are asking for a $33 million increase in state funding.
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Election Day also marks the start of this year’s budget season in state government. The Haslam Administration is asking departments to at least prepare for cuts of five percent.
The state’s Department of Children’s Services is threatening to close one of its five facilities for juvenile offenders as a way to meet a reduced budget. Governor Bill Haslam has asked for department heads to consider the impact of a five percent cut.
School programs saved last year by the federal stimulus face an uncertain future. During Governor Bill Haslam’s budget hearings, the Department of Education presented a list of doomed programs.
That announcement came in the midst of budget hearings, as the city braces for layoffs. The new office will be paid for by a federal grant, and Dean says it could help the city obtain more money later on.