Bredesen scores home run even with bad news

Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at 1:00am

Gov. Phil Bredesen has gotten it exactly right in the budget process he has just finished. From the beginning he has been clear about his expectations, he has been inclusive, and he has been honest.

Even before Bredesen took office, he realized the budget picture that had been painted for him was far worse than he had expected. The new governor has had to look at ways to come up with $355 million in cuts to make the budget balance. Because that figure was worse than he had thought, he

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