Democratic leaders call for review of $4 million Tennessee grant fund

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are calling on top Tennessee agency heads to address questions surrounding a contentious $4 million grant fund.

Glen Casada helped push the grant fund through as House Speaker before he resigned from the top leadership post in August amid a scandal over explicit text messages.

The House Minority Caucus Chairman on Thursday called on the Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of Economic and Community Development to provide information about how the funds were approved and how they were meant to be spent.

The grant funding was part of the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget, which was unanimously approved by the Legislature.

House Speaker Cameron Sexton and Senate Speaker Randy McNally have since raised questions about the fund’s purpose and have frozen the fund until further review.

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