Lee: ‘Metrics’ will be available for lawmakers to plan budget cuts

Gov. Bill Lee speaks at an event in Nashville on April 2, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee says lawmakers will have the revenue data available to plan for further budget cuts when they return into session on June 1.

While the full set of tax collection information usually isn’t released until the middle of the month, the General Assembly won’t have to wait that long to make adjustments to the state’s annual spending plan, the governor told the Daily Memphian over the weekend.

“It’s a challenge to project, but there are metrics which you use to make projections,” Lee said.

The governor said several state economists are assembling data and the State Funding Board will meet again to make recommendations before the legislative session resumes.

6 Responses to Lee: ‘Metrics’ will be available for lawmakers to plan budget cuts

  • Norma Shirk says:

    Why don’t they dip into that rainy day fund they were bragging about earlier this year? That’s better than cutting support to people (voters) who are struggling due to job losses or covid-19 medical bills. It seems like every time the legislature decides to save a few bucks, their first and deepest cuts are always to the social services programs for the most vulnerable.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Yet the amount we are spending on welfare always seems to go up. This is a wonderful opportunity to make sure we haven’t ratcheted up our welfare programs so that the able bodied can have a higher standard of living on the dole than they can by working.

  • Beatrice Shaw says:

    Teachers are still working with kids and will be playing catch up all summer. Teacher raises need to remain in the budget. We also need discretionary money to help kids that come to us for assistance. Expanding Medicaid will pump a billion plus dollars into the budget and close these gaps.

  • David Collins says:

    Norma, I agree with you. What is a rainy day fund supposed to be used for? When they sock money into it they always say it is to guard against a budget shortfall so why aren’t they using it?

  • Eddie White says:

    I agree David. If a pandemic is not a rainy day, I don’t know what is.

  • Cannoneer2 says:

    Wonder if the SOS office, Attorney General’s office and General Assembly will see any reductions….

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