BRADENTON, Fla. - Tennessee lawmakers adjourned their legislative session Thursday after passing a nearly $30 billion budget that made some cuts in the bottom line but also relies on $2.2 billion in federal stimulus funds.

The budget includes a four-year bond plan to finance $350 million for the state's bridge program as well as using $157 million of debt, instead of cash, for higher education capital education projects. Although it is a multi-year debt authorization, the bridge program also requires lawmakers to authorize funding for debt service in each of the four years the bonds are to be sold.

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