"The old argument of local control no longer has the same currency"
Veteran attorney Tom Lee takes quick look at political scene
Tom Lee is managing principal at CivicPoint, a subsidiary of law firm Frost Brown Todd. With more than 30 years of experience as a lobbyist, attorney, litigator, campaign strategist, university educator, journalist. and political analyst, Lee ranks among Nashville’s more well-rounded white-collar professionals. The Post recently caught up with the veteran attorney for a quick chat.
With the session at this point, what are two or three key takeaways?
First is this: The governor doesn't have a vote in the legislature, but he can sure drive the agenda. This year, Gov. [Bill] Haslam has proposed to raise fuel taxes, launch a new round of road projects, subsidize rural broadband development and pass a $37 billion budget. The conversations around these big ideas, the alliances they are building, and the divisions they are creating are rippling through nearly every other legislative discussion — and will continue to do so through the 2018 elections.
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