Governor Bill Lee Releases Excerpts Of State Of The State Address

Monday, March 4, 2019

Tonight, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee will give his State of the State address and present his conservative budget to a joint session of the Tennessee General Assembly at 6 p.m. CT on statewide television.

 

The following excerpts are from his remarks as prepared for delivery:


State of the State


“Now, I think we can all agree that while important things happen in the halls of government, it is actually what happens outside these walls that makes Tennessee truly great.”

“To our elected leaders in this room and the many Tennesseans watching from their homes, I am proud to report after seeing with my own eyes: the state of our state is hopeful, prosperous, and strong.”

Budget

“As a conservative businessman, I know a good budget needs to pay for what is needed, take on zero long-term debt, and, perhaps most importantly, save for a rainy day.”

Education

“I believe highly accountable public charter schools are a great model for expanding choice without sacrificing quality, and I’ve seen firsthand how they can dramatically impact the life and trajectory of a student.

In my budget, we are doubling the amount of public charter school facility funding and I will support legislation this year that makes it easier to open good charter schools and easier to close bad ones.”

Public Safety

“Of those who are incarcerated, 95 percent are not serving a life sentence and will eventually come out and we need to be sure they are prepared for that. Why? Because every successful reentry means one less crime, and one less victim.”

“My commitment to having fewer crime victims in this state is reflected in a proposed expansion of education and re-entry counselling opportunities in our prisons. Educational attainment for incarcerated people can reduce their risk of recidivism by up to 43%.”

Mental Health

“Too often, the conversation around health care focuses exclusively on physical health. Physical well-being is important, but a national conversation around mental and behavioral health is long overdue. Nearly 300,000 Tennesseans are facing serious mental health challenges, and far too many are slipping through the cracks.”


Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

19-Year Old Shot Thursday Night In Chattanooga

Woman, 25, Shot On North Willow Street In Drive-by Shooting


Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ALDER, ROBERT LEE 355 BRUCE ROLLINS ROAD WHITWELL, 37397 Age at Arrest: 34 years old Arresting Agency: FAILURE TO APPEAR --- AUSTIN, ... (click for more)

A 19-year old man was shot Thursday night in Chattanooga. At approximately 9:28 p.m., Chattanooga Police were advised that a party had arrived at a local hospital by private vehicle with ... (click for more)

A woman, 25, was injured in a drive-by shooting Thursday night on North Willow Street. At approximately 10 p.m., Chattanooga Police were advised that a party had arrived at a local hospital ... (click for more)



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Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ALDER, ROBERT LEE 355 BRUCE ROLLINS ROAD WHITWELL, 37397 Age at Arrest: 34 years old Arresting Agency: FAILURE TO APPEAR --- AUSTIN, KAYLEN NICHOLAS 3202 CRESTFIELD DRIVE CHATTANOGA, 37411 Age at Arrest: 23 years old Arresting Agency: POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA --- ... (click for more)

19-Year Old Shot Thursday Night In Chattanooga

A 19-year old man was shot Thursday night in Chattanooga. At approximately 9:28 p.m., Chattanooga Police were advised that a party had arrived at a local hospital by private vehicle with a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, officers located and confirmed that a party was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The victim was unable to provide Officers with a location ... (click for more)

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