What's your advice for Gov. Bill Lee?

Johnson City Press • Jan 21, 2019 at 5:41 PM

Tennessee is under new management.

On Saturday, Bill Lee became the state’s 50th governor, sworn in at an inauguration ceremony in Nashville.

Voters elected the Republican last year, plucking him from his CEO seat at Lee Company, a private construction firm founded by his grandfather 75 years ago.

As a private businessman, Lee advocates private solutions for public needs, like schools partnering with industries to provide students with vocational training, or charitable organizations conducting programs inside our prisons to reduce recidivism rates.

“Government is not the answer to our greatest challenges,” he said Saturday, as he took the reins of our state’s government. “Government’s role is to protect our rights and our liberty and our freedom. I believe in a limited government, that provides unlimited opportunity for we the people to address the greatest challenges of our day.”

He’s also proposed reducing business taxes to incentivize entrepreneurship and investment, seeking stronger penalties for drug traffickers and community addiction treatment programs to reduce opioid addiction and reforming the juvenile justice system to avoid trapping young Tennesseans in the penal system.

They’re lofty goals, but Lee has said he is confident the cabinet of professionals he’s assembled, with the backing of the state General Assembly, will help him attain them.

We wish them well, but, as the subjects of the new governor’s programs and policies, we wanted to give you a chance to weigh in.

What advice do you have for governor Lee now that he’s assumed office? How can he best achieve the plan he’s laid out for the state? Are there other priorities you believe deserve his focus?

Send your correspondence to [email protected]. Please include your name, telephone number and address for verification. Letters may be no longer than 300 words and will be edited for grammar, style and length.

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