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Gov. Lee tells Carter County Lincoln Day audience that Tennessee can lead the nation

John Thompson • May 30, 2019 at 11:33 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Gov. Bill Lee told a large crowd of Carter County Republicans that Tennessee can lead the nation in education, economic development and a fiscally responsible government.

“I said that on the campaign trail and now I know it is true,” Lee said.

Lee made the comments during his address to the Carter County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner, held Thursday night at Sutton Hall on the campus of Milligan College. Lee said he chose to make the trip to Carter County this year because the people of the county had been so nice to him during his many stops in the county during his primary and general elections in 2018.

Lee gave the audience a report on the accomplishments of his first 100 days as governor.

“I count it a deep honor to serve you,” Lee said.

As a businessman who ran his own company, Lee expressed his pride that national business journals continue to rate Tennessee as having a great business climate and also in having one of the most fiscally sound governments in the nation.

He said he was also proud that 5,000 new jobs have been created in the state since he took office. Another achievement he points to with pride, he said was that for the first time in its history the state has $1 billion in its Rainy Day Fund.

Lee also spoke on education, saying public education and teachers need to be supported and strengthened.

At the same time, he expressed the accomplishments in developing charter schools, saying that the legislature has made it easier to establish charter schools in metropolitan areas, while making it easier to close bad charter schools.

Lee has been a strong supporter of technical and vocational education and he speaks out in favor of developing an alternate pathway for students who are not going on to higher education. 

At the same time he said every student who wants it should have access to higher education.

Lee told the audience “we could be the leaders in public education in the nation.”

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