Bill Haslam

Haslam budget update includes $50M for new state library

A long-delayed effort to construct a new building for the Tennessee State Library and Archives would be funded under Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's budget amendment proposal released Tuesday.

Finance Commissioner Larry Martin said Tuesday that the combined $40 million from the state and $10 million from the Secretary of State's Office represents about half of the projected cost for the facility. The second half of the funding is expected to be included in next year's spending plan, Martin said.

The Library and Archives' current facility is 65 years old and has faced moisture issues and space limitations. The new facility is to be built across from the new state museum under...