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Bredesen praises lawmakers on 'difficult' budget

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen is praising lawmakers for agreeing on what he calls "a difficult budget."

Lawmakers gave final approval to the $29.6 billion spending plan just before midnight Wednesday.

The measure includes $12.1 billion in state tax dollars - a 10% drop from the current year.

The Democratic governor says in a statement that the budget gives the state "the tools we need to continue managing through this economic downturn."

Bredesen's comments contrast with his characterization last week of an earlier Republican budget cut proposal as "stupid."

The version of the spending plan approved by both chambers of the Legislature includes $2.2 billion in federal stimulus money that prevented even deeper cuts.

Read HB2392 at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov

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