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Governor Bill Lee budget proposal highlights

He proposed $150 million for COVID-19 relief and support and $71 million for the basic education program.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Governor Bill Lee wants more than $900 million to go toward improvements and maintenance on state buildings and higher education campuses.

He proposed $150 million for COVID-19 relief and support and $71 million for the basic education program.

He also proposed additional money for teacher salaries.

Spanish Version: Gobernador Bill Lee discute propuesta presupuestaria 

Governor Lee presented other budget proposals Monday night. 

"During the special session, we allocated almost $43 million for teacher pay raises," he said. "This was a step in the right direction, and the budget I'm submitting for your consideration this week recommends an additional $120 million be set aside for teacher compensation."

Governor Lee expects Tennessee's combined Rainy Day and TennCare reserve funds to be $2 billion at the end of the year.