Governor Lee Delivers His Policy Vision for 2020

On Monday, Feb. 3, Governor Bill Lee has delivered his State of the State address, outlining his legislative and budget priorities for the upcoming year, including several issue areas that are important for Tennesseans 50 and older. Our team has identified several key areas where our AARP priorities align with the Governor’s vision.

Governor Lee shared his proposal to provide 12 weeks of paid family leave to state employees to care for a new child or an ill family member. Tennessee will become the first state in the nation to enact this type of caregiving leave policy for state workers.
AARP fully supports this measure and we hope it encourages private business in Tennessee to consider adopting similar policies for employees.

Broadband Access
Governor Lee pledged to invest an additional $25 million for broadband expansion to rural areas of the state. This would be in addition to the $20 million which was allocated to increase broadband access in 2019.
AARP applauds the additional funding proposal, recognizing that broadband can reduce social isolation and provide opportunities for telemedicine to rural and underserved parts of Tennessee.

Rural Infrastructure
Governor Lee is recommending $20 million for ECD’s Rural Opportunity Fund, which supports site development, main-street development, and critical infrastructure assistance.
AARP Tennessee is pleased to see investment in improving the livability of rural communities in our state.

Medicaid Block Grant
The Governor indicated he was hopeful about receiving approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for his Block Grant proposal.
AARP has voiced concerns with this approach and will continue to monitor the progress and potential impact of this proposal.

AARP Tennessee is hopeful that legislative progress will be made on these issues and more in the coming months. Our team has already been meeting with members of the legislature to discuss how we can work together on these important issues.

Please send a message to Gov. Lee in support of making these matters a priority for Tennessee in 2020.


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Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to share my appreciation for the vision you shared in the State of the State speech. The ideas and proposals you outlined for caregiving, broadband access and rural infrastructure improvements are important issues for Tennesseans 50+ and their families.

I look forward to hearing more and seeing these ideas come to fruition in 2020.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]