MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – It was standing room only at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn for the annual Lincoln Day Gala.
The event is the primary fundraiser for the Republican Party of Shelby County. This year’s keynote speaker was Governor Bill Lee, who gave the guests a glimpse of the work his administration has done so far this year.
Roughly 600 people were in attendance including state and local officials.
Governor Bill Lee talked about some of the progress his administration has made. Governor Lee says our state has one of the lowest tax rates in the country. During his speech, the governor says right now there is roughly $1.1 billion in our rainy day fund.
He also mentioned increasing Stem Designated High Schools by 2022. Lee also has created a criminal justice task force with a four-year plan.
“When incarcerated individuals have a certificate when they leave prison they have a 40% less likely chance of re-entering prison than their counterpart who doesn’t have a certificate. I rather invest in their education than I have to invest in their re-incarceration,” said Governor Lee.
There were also dozens of candidates for local and state offices here including mayoral candidates Jim Strickland, Willie Herrenton, and Lemichael Wilson.