Infrastructure in Tennessee

In May 2021, the Hernando de Soto bridge, along Interstate 40, which serves as the primary connector between Memphis and Arkansas, was closed down. The closure was prompted by a significant crack in the bridge, jeopardizing its integrity. After 5 months of repair work on the bridge, it was reopened on August 3rd. Though many […]

August Happenings Around the Hill

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Happenings Around the Hill   In August, the Joint Government Operations Committee, Government Operations Subcommittees, Fiscal Review Committee, and the Study Committee on Refugee Issues all convened for their respective regularly scheduled meetings. Additionally, a multitude of notable announcements from state officials were made during August. Department of Finance & Administration Commissioner Butch Eley announced […]

Learning Loss in Tennessee

Governor Lee, Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn, Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton, Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson, and education stakeholders convened for a press conference Monday, August 2nd to announce the Spring 2021 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) state-level results, which revealed the following: English Language Arts: A decline in overall English […]

July News Around the Capitol

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July developed into the busiest month for legislators since adjourning in May. The month began by dozens of new laws taking effect on July 1st, many of which pertain to criminal justice and education. While laws were taking effect, Speaker of the House and 2021-2022 Southern Legislative Conference Chair, Cameron Sexton and his team were […]

June News around Tennessee State Government

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Since passing a $42+ million budget in May, activity around Capitol Hill in Nashville has been relatively quiet. While the Hill has been mostly quiet, the Joint Government Operations Committee, its respective Subcommittees, and the Fiscal Review Committee continue to hold regularly scheduled monthly meetings to weigh in on various rules, state procurement contracts, and […]