Governor signs state budget into law

Gov. Bredesen signs the Tennessee budget.
Gov. Bredesen signs the Tennessee budget.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Governor Bredesen signed a $26.1 billion budget today that will give uninsured Tennesseans access to health care.

The governor signed the budget into law at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Part of the budget includes an additional $39 million for higher education to keep tution increases at state college and universities around 4%.

The budget passed the General Assembly with most of Bredesen's plans intact, including the creation of about 250 new preschool classrooms and raises and bonuses for state employees, teachers and higher education workers.

The state's portion of the 2006-2007 budget is $12.4 billion That represents a 6% spending increase over the current budget year.

The rest of the state budget comes from the federal government and other sources.

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