Lee Continues Trend of Trampling on Working Class Tennesseans

Andy Spears
2 min readMay 12, 2021

In a state that has no official minimum wage and has repeatedly refused Medicaid expansion, Gov. Bill Lee announced yesterday that he is opting the state out of federal assistance to provide additional unemployment benefits to the thousands of Tennesseans who are out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s more from Lee’s press release on the issue:

“We will no longer participate in federal pandemic unemployment programs because Tennesseans have access to more than 250,000 jobs in our state,”…

Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .