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State budget passes after bid to boost teacher pay fails

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Thursday approved the state’s $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July after failed attempts to increase the pay of teachers and state employees.
The House approved the measure 68-27 and the Senate voted 28-3 a few hours later in favor of the plan, which removes previously planned salary increases for teachers and state employees to make up for flagging state revenue collections.
The measure now goes to the governor’s desk. Lawmakers hope to adjourn early next week.