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Haslam not ready to say how TN would handle cuts

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By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

VONORE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam isn't ready to say how Tennessee would respond if the deep cuts to the state's share of federal funding become a reality.

The Haslam administration this week released state agencies' plans for how they would cope with the loss of up to 30% of their federal funding. The worst-case scenario would include slashing $4.5 billion and laying off more than 5,100 state employees.

Haslam said after a biorefinery tour in Vonore on Tuesday that services for the poor and disabled would be disproportionally affected by the cuts because so much of the budgets for those agencies come from federal sources.

The governor said he doesn't expect Congress to make such drastic cuts to all state agencies, but added that officials need to prepare for any reductions.

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