Budget Deliberations to Begin This Week

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On Tuesday, the Governor’s proposed budget amendment is expected to be released.  The amendment provides an opportunity to alter the original budget proposal based on the State’s latest forecasted revenues.  We will update advocates of any changes that impact the University of Tennessee. 

Senate budget amendments were released last week.  Several amendments relate to the University of Tennessee System:

  • Senate Amendment 266.  Sen. Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has filed a non-recurring increase of $8.1 million in new funding for the UT Health Science Center (UTHSC) to expand family practice clinics to Nashville and Chattanooga.
  • Senate Amendment 267.  Sen. Mark Norris has also filed a non-recurring increase of $3.49 million in new funding for the Memphis Research Consortium’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Project, in which UTHSC is playing a major role.
  • Senate Amendment 17.  Sen. Richard Briggs (R-Knoxville) has filed a non-recurring increase of $200,000 for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to implement a STEM Education Math Camp pilot project for incoming freshman.
  • Senate Education Committee Amendment.  Earmarks from funds appropriated to the University of Tennessee System $450,000 on a recurring basis to create an Office of Intellectual Diversity at UT Knoxville (Note: This is a proposed redirection of existing funds, not a funding increase).

House member amendments to the budget have not yet been released.

Stay tuned next week for more information regarding updates to the state budget process and how they impact the University of Tennessee through the UT Advocacy Twitter feed as well as our new mobile app.

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