BRADENTON, Fla. - Facing a deficit that could run $1 billion or more, Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen Monday night told lawmakers he would delay submitting his budget until Congress passes an economic stimulus bill that's projected to bring the state more than $3 billion.

Bredesen, a Democrat, said he planned on making $900 million of cuts to his budget proposal, but delayed presenting it because the federal economic stimulus bill would "help soften the blow of this economy on state government."

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