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Tennessee Dems want special session to discuss tuition hike

By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers want Gov. Bill Haslam to convene a special session to discuss using surplus state revenues to halt tuition increases and further cut the food tax.

The legislators told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday that they'd like the session to be in August before students return to school.

They said the state has about $225 million in excess revenues that could be used to help students and drop the sales tax on groceries below 5.25%. Haslam included funding in his budget passed this year to reduce the sales tax from 5.5%.

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees is to vote Thursday on an average 6% tuition hike for its system. The Tennessee Board of Regents finance committee proposed a similar increase this month.

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