STATEMENT FROM SENATE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE BO WATSON REGARDING THE STATE OF THE STATE / BUDGET ADDRESS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senator Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson (R-Hixson), who is 1st Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee, made the following statement after Governor Bill Haslam delivered his State of the State / Budget Address at a joint convention of the Tennessee General Assembly:

“The state of the State of Tennessee is tremendous,” said Senator Watson. “We still have challenges ahead. Like many middle class families across the state, we must prioritize our resources.”

“The governor’s proposal invests heavily in education which is certainly a top priority. Two of the many examples include funding the 12th month of teacher health insurance, which will help local governments, as well as much needed renovations at UTC.”

“We have been very prudent with Tennessee’s finances. We have the lowest state debt in the nation and nothing in this budget will create new debt. Rather, this budget increases the state’s savings account which declined greatly during the recession years to ensure we have the financial safety net we need in the event of a downturn in the economy. I look forward to working with the administration as this budget moves forward.”

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