State Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes speaks at a forum sponsored by The Associated Press and the Tennessee Press Association on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Emkes said Tennessee experienced its best Christmas sales tax season since 2007.
(AP Photo by Mark Humphrey) .
published Friday, September 2nd, 2011
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State departments and agencies have been ordered to draw up plans to cut their budgets by 5 percent next year and hold off on proposing new spending unless they reduce a like amount in another area.