NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On January 31, Governor Lee delivered his fourth State of the State address, outlining his budget and legislative priorities to a joint session of the General Assembly.
Part of Lee's address included a proposed budget of $52.6 billion for the fiscal year of 2023. The plan would include investments in K-12 education, higher education, improving transportation infrastructure, and more.
Lee also proposed updating K-12 education funding. The new plan would set aside dollars for each student, based on their individual needs, paying particular attention to students with disabilities, rural students, low-income students, and students with other priority needs.
Gov. Lee’s FY23 budget also proposes more than $1 billion in new, recurring education spending for public schools across Tennessee.
Some other key highlights part of Gov. Lee's agenda included:
- $750M recurring increase for new K-12 education funding formula
- Proposing a new law that would ensure parents know what materials are available to students in their libraries
- Proposing new legislation to make computer science and coding available to every high school student in Tennessee.
- $124.7M to provide an increase into the teacher salary pool
- $90M to fully fund the outcomes-based formula, enabling a zero percent tuition increase for public universities
- $200M for TCAT infrastructure investments to help double the skilled workforce by 2026
- $75.2M to increase the 4-year HOPE Award to $5,100 per student, per year, and the 2-year HOPE Award to $3,200 per student, per year
- Four percent salary pool increase for higher education employees
- Adding 100 Highway Patrol Troopers, 20 Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agents, and 25 Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Personnel
- Directing the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to create a plan so every house of worship in Tennessee can receive high-quality safety training
- $355.6M in a Multi-Agency Law Enforcement Training Academy
- $82M to reimburse public hospitals for uncompensated care, primarily in rural communities
- $619M to accelerate projects listed in the IMPROVE Act and invest in transportation projects to ensure economic opportunity