Haslam to hold final public budget hearing Monday

Haslam to hold final public budget hearing, prepare spending proposal on Monday

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam is wrapping up his annual budget hearings as he prepares to assemble his annual spending proposal.

The Republican governor will hear from the Tennessee Department of Transportation at the state Capitol on Monday.

Haslam has warned that much of the modest growth in state revenues will be consumed by cost increases in TennCare, the state's expanded Medicaid program.

The governor has asked all departments to present potential spending cuts because of the state's sluggish economic performance.

The state's annual transportation budget is about $1.8 billion. The state makes up about 44 percent of that funding, largely from fuel taxes.

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