Lee extends school closure recommendation, corporate tax filing deadline

Gov. Bill Lee speaks at a press conference on Tennessee’s coronavirus response in Nashville on March 16, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee is extending his recommended school closure period to April 24 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Republican governor also announced Tuesday that the state’s deadline for filing corporate franchise and excise taxes will be extended from April to July 15.

State workers who have been working from home have been instructed to keep doing so until April 24. They had previously been scheduled to return to work at the end of the month. About 23,000 state employees have been working from home.

The governor mobilized the National Guard to assist with the state’s pandemic response. Lee said 250 guard members have been called up, including 150 who are medically trained. They will be assigned to assist with 35 remote assessment sights around the state as the virus spreads to more rural counties.

8 Responses to Lee extends school closure recommendation, corporate tax filing deadline

  • Beatrice Shaw says:

    I hope school staff still gets paid and gets the stimulus money first. We only get a 2% raise and that is insulting

    • steve cates says:

      OUr teachers have lost their political clout and they have let their union get weak. We worked so hard in the 70s to get needed benefits and rights and most of them have been frittered away because teachers voted republican or did not vote at all.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Could be steve that a majority of teachers regard themselves as Americans and/or members of their family as more important than being teachers. That being so, teachers are educated, sophisticated individuals and many of them realize how damaging are the leftist Comand and Control policies that now constitutes the center of gravity of the Democratic Party pulling toward it even the most rational members of that party if they expect to have any future in the party. You must also remember that the majority of teachers are married to other college educated individuals so together they have a familial income that is a very comfortable upper middle class one indeed. Surely steve, you can’t expect the typical educated upper middle class family to be attracted to the income redistributionist Robin Hood fantasies of today’s Democratic Party. In short, I know how you liberals love to divide our population into blocs and playing the resentments of one bloc off of the resentment of the other but happily sometimes it doesn’t work out as neatly as you would like.

  • MARLE says:

    Shelter in place (ie work from home) extended til April 24.

    This mean that every other business will need to do the same or face potential law suits from their employees for violating a level of health care prudence set in this new government benchmark.

    Governor Lee thinks everyone should work from home; God forbid you require your employees to come back to the workplace and one of them gets the sniffles. The class action lawyers are salivating at the thought.

    Someone close to me and working at the COO level mentioned that most memos dictating business practices and guidelines seem to have Risk Management and Legal Team fingerprints all over them. No longer are business decisions being made with any regard to traditional market considerations or ROI standards.

    Thank you Gov Lee for keeping us headed in the wrong direction. Trump started running the wrong way down the field and good to see he can lateral to you if he falters.

    • Chockfullofnuts says:

      Thank you, MARLE! Spoken like a survivor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

      • MARLE says:

        your name fits you perfectly!

        • Chockfullofnuts says:

          MARLE, When you can’t come up with an intelligent response, you resort to name-calling. Bravo!

          • MARLE says:

            Shirtwaist factory….that was your idea of an intelligent response to any of the points made?

            See, as I said, your name fits you perfectly. Or maybe on further reflection and your comment maybe it flatters you.

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