The eyes of Tennessee will be on Governor Bill Lee Monday as he delivers his first State of the State address. State capitol newsroom reporter Chris Bundgaard spoke with Lee about his priorities.
The Governor has been dropping more than a few hints about what will be in his State of the State speech.
“Monday night, we are going to talk about specifics and initiative that are going to part of our budget proposal,” said Lee.
Before and after attending a Tennessee Farm Bureau luncheon full of state lawmakers, the Governor was asked about the priorities of the speech that will set the course for Tennessee state government for the next fiscal year.
This politically powerful farm group liked what it heard.
“4-H, FFA and youth development programs,” said Lee, “… increase the funding for ag enhancement as well.”
Later the Governor went into big tickets items the state budget like education, where he’ll talk about $40-million in school security grants for things like SROs, and possibly teacher pay raises and education savings accounts.
“We are going to make that decision shortly and talking about it Monday,” said Lee. “We certainly will be supporting our teachers and school leaders and we’ll have specifics of that when we make the State of the State address.”
The Governor’s speech is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Monday.