The eyes of Tennessee will be on Governor Bill Lee Monday as he delivers his first State of the State address.
“We are going to talk about specifics and initiatives that are going to part of our budget proposal, “said the governor before he headed into a luncheon Wednesday hosted by the Tennessee Farm Bureau.
The politically-powerful group broke into applause when it heard the governor talk about increased funding for “4-H, FFA, and youth development programs” and “ag enhancement as well”
Later, before reporters again, the governor went into big-ticket items in the state budget like education where he’s already indicated spending $40 million for school safety.
He was asked about whether teachers’ pay increases and educational saving accounts (ESAs) will be part of the speech.
“We are going to make that decision shortly and talking about it Monday,” said the governor on the ESAs. “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.”