Tennessee Gov. Bredesen may reveal budget plan this week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Phil Bredesen says he may reveal his budget plan this week that could include laying off some of the state's nearly 47,000 employees.

Bredesen told reporters during a break of an energy task force meeting on Monday that he may discuss the plan as early as Tuesday.

The State Funding Board said last week that the state faces a projected shortfall range of as much as $384 million this year and up to $585 million next year.

Bredesen, a Democrat who ran a publicly traded company before becoming a politician, said last week that layoffs of state workers are an unavoidable component of the cuts.

The governor has not yet indicated how many of the state's employees could face layoffs. Lawmakers say the administration is working on ways to offer retirement incentives or buyouts to soften the blow.

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