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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam urged to restore spending cuts

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NASHVILLE, TN (Times Free Press) -- With state tax revenues rebounding, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is under pressure from legislative Democrats, some Republicans and social-service advocates to restore cuts proposed to programs they say help some of Tennessee's most vulnerable children and adults.

Areas slated for cuts in the coming fiscal year range from family resource centers, which coordinate support services such as food and tutoring for poorer students, to community services for the mentally ill. The 2012-13 fiscal year begins July 1.

"I think the first thing we ought to do is restore some of those things that were on the chopping block in this budget," said House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, a former Finance Committee chairman.

For about $15.5 million, the state could restore or provide one-time funding for eight grant programs; give $1.5 million to the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth; and put up $2 million for a school Internet connectivity program, according to Fitzhugh's figures and budget documents.

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