Sunday, June 21, 2009

Representative Fincher Talks About The Budget

State Representative Henry Fincher of Cookeville has now wrapped up the 2009 legislative session and says the budget they passed, which goes into effect on July 1st, was a difficult one. One of the difficulties, he says, was not knowing when the recession will turn around. But he says a coalition of what he called "moderate Republicans and moderate Democrats" were able to come to a compromise to restore funding to public television and continue vital services like bridge repairs. But he says there will be budget cuts that are going to affect individuals adversely, specifically cuts to TennCare, some of which have already been chronicled. He says the ultimately solution there is at the federal level. Fincher also talked about the passage of a bill he called "the biggest gun law you never heard about." As reported here last week, it requires the state of Tennessee to report to the FBI anyone who has been involuntarily committed to a mental institution. Fincher says taking that step will prevent situations like the massacre that occurred at Virginia Tech a few years ago. You can contact Fincher at his Cookeville law office, or by emailing him at the state capitol.