Tennessee law requires a balanced budget. Therefore, when revenues are down, state expenditures must be curtailed. Should we protect programs that benefit our state 's most vulnerable citizens during times of economic decline, or should all departments share equally in expense reductions?
Federal stimulus package dollars will be used to pay for the Family Support Program in 2009-10. At the end of the year, where should we expect to find funds to support the program?
Much conversation has centered around the state 's financial crisis and in particular, the decline in sales tax revenue. Does Tennessee need a different method of taxation?
What are your thoughts and ideas on funding for vital human service initiatives such as the Family Support Program?
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