Gov. Lee talks revenue, criminal justice reform on visit to East Tennessee

Gwendolyn Ducre # State

LOUDON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Gov. Lee said he's taking time this week to visit with people from across the state, asking what change they want to see. Lee told WVLT News that East Tennesseans are asking him about criminal justice reform.

On July 9 at the Loudon County Courthouse Annex Building, a resident asked the governor how he can clear his record after serving time. The governor said one of the things he's working on his lowering lowering expungement fees.

The governor also hit on his recent trip to Japan, saying there are 200 Japanese businesses in Tennessee and they are willing to bring more jobs here.

"I think they like our way of life. I think they like that we are a local tax state. We're a business friendly state,"
Lee said.
"We have low business regulations here. We have a low business taxes, but we also have a strong commitment towards economic development. And, that’s part of what we have strength in this year is investment in the vocational, technical and agricultural education-that’s attractive to companies when they want to come to a state; that there will be workers there to fill the job that they have.”

The governor will be in Knoxville Wednesday visiting UT Medical and Pellissippi State Community College.