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     (NASHVILLE), November 2, 2011  – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) announced today that Lauderdale County will receive approximately $164.7 million in state appropriations in the 2011-12 budget year which began in July.  Also, Lauderdale County will receive a portion of the federal funds included in Tennessee’s $30.8 billion budget as adopted by the 107th General Assembly.

     In addition to serving as Senate Majority Leader, Norris is a member of the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee.  He also sponsored the appropriations bill which funds Tennessee’s state budget.

Listed budget appropriations for Lauderdale County in the following general categories are:  $24.3 million for education (kindergarten through 12th grade); $5 million in shared state tax collections; $19.25 million for health and social services; $108.6 million for justice and public safety; $1.76 million for recreation and resources development; $1.87 million for economic development and higher education, and $3.847 for transportation.

“Lauderdale County will see an overall increase of $6.2 million over last year and is $10.26 million more than the 2009-10 budget year,“ said Senator Norris.  “I am very pleased we have this increase at a time when the state budget has decreased.”

The state budget was reduced $1.2 billion from the 2010-11 budget, which is a decrease of 3.8 percent.

The county-by-county statistics are prepared by the Office of Legislative Budget Analysis, which works in concert with state finance officials in gathering the detailed information.

Senator Norris represents Senate District 32, which is comprised of Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton, and part ofShelbyCounty.

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NOTE TO MEDIA:  The full report can be found at:  http://www.capitol.tn.gov/joint/staff/budget-analysis/county-reports/counties11/Lauderdale.pdf

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