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Nashville, TN – This week in Nashville, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee delivered his second State of the State Address.
The governor’s comments focused on recent Republican accomplishments and shared legislative and budget priorities for the 2020 legislative session.
Key focus areas this year include public education, economic and workforce development, public safety, and an emphasis on our rural Tennessee communities.
Education highlights include:
Additional highlights include:
The full text of the Governor’s address along with video from the speech can be found by clicking here.
Tennessee Tops Nation In Fiscal Management And Industry Growth
On Monday night, Governor Lee touted Tennessee’s fiscal management and economic development success in his State of the State / Budget Address. In 2019, Tennessee was named the “number one best fiscally managed state” in the country for the first time. The state also led the nation in best business climate, advanced industry job growth, and small business growth.
The state has garnered 108 project commitments to create 16,500 jobs and $3.6 billion of capital investment in Tennessee. More than half of these projects have been announced in rural counties.
Measure Authorizing Deadly Force For Sexual Assault Victims Moves Forward
Legislation authorizing the use of deadly force for sexual assault victims continues to gain momentum in the Tennessee General Assembly.
House Bill 1575 — also known as the 2020 Defense Doctrine — passed out of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee this week. The measure has 53 co-sponsors, and it allows victims that have reasonable belief they are imminent danger of sexual abuse, sexual assault or rape to utilize deadly force as a method of self-defense to avoid serious bodily injury and escape dangerous threats to their personal safety.
Recent data from the Tennessee Department of Health reveals that sexual violence is a major public health crisis resulting in long-term societal and economic costs. Approximately 6,177 people were assaulted in Tennessee in 2017, according to the department.
House Bill 1575 is expected to be heard by members of the House Judiciary Committee on February 12th, 2020. For information, click here.
Key Tax Cut Legislation Begins Movement In House
As part of our continued commitment that has resulted in more than $645 million in tax cuts under Republican leadership over the last nine years, House Republicans introduced legislation this week that begins the process of lowering the corporate tax on businesses from 6.5 percent to 6 percent. House Bill 2301 also includes built-in safety mechanisms based upon state revenue collections in the event of an economic downturn.
Our current corporate tax assessment is one of the highest in the entire southeastern region. It is levied on net income or earnings of a registered business or corporation for that specific tax year. By reducing this tax, we’ll provide additional revenue so these businesses may reinvest by expanding operations and creating new jobs.
The bill will now be assigned to the appropriate standing committee where it will be debated and discussed.
Rep. Curtis Johnson
For more information about the Tennessee General Assembly, check our website at: www.capitol.tn.gov
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