Capitol Update: February 9, 2024
State of the State Address
This week began with the annual tradition of the Governor delivering his state of the state address to a joint session of the House and Senate on Monday night. In his speech, he outlined his legislative priorities for the year. Some of these, like his universal school voucher proposal, called Freedom Scholarships, were already known. Others were announced for the first time. He began by highlighting the strong financial position of the state. Over the past five years, Tennessee has been ranked as the fastest-growing economy of all 50 states, the number one state for fiscal stability, a top state for business, the second lowest-taxed state per capita, and the lowest debt state in America. He expressed pride that the state has been able to reduce the number of distressed counties from 15 to 8 during his tenure...