Tennessee lawmakers have up to $27M to put toward lottery scholarships

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The chief economist for the Legislature's Fiscal Review Committee says lawmakers can put as much as $27 million toward lottery scholarships next year.

Rob Currey told the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday that about $17 to $27 million in excess lottery money will be available to them. The committee will decide on the exact amount before making a proposal to the General Assembly.

Chairwoman Jamie Woodson says the committee will consider the amount that will best benefit Tennessee's students.

The state's current budget plan includes funding to increase the scholarships by $200 to total $4,000 a year for traditional four-year colleges and $2,000 a year for two-year institutions.

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