Friday, June 04, 2010

Tennessee Passes the Budget

The Tennessee State budget has passed both Houses:

After such a contentious fight over the budget, the final bill passed the House 94-0 in what can only be viewed as a show of unity. In the end, it is probably likely that House Speaker Kent Williams was coming to understand that in holding up the passage of the budget he was weakening his position in the House, where he had made it clear in last year's session that he wants to try and run for Speaker of the House again (increased Republican numbers in the House would make Williams' re-election as Speaker far less likely, but history has shown those who follow the Tennessee Legislature that not only is it not impossible, but that much stranger things have happened during opening week of a Tennessee General Assembly).

For Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, it is in his interest for the General Assembly to adjourn quickly because Ramsey, who is running for Governor, is losing valuable time on the campaign trail.

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