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Statement on Tennessee House vote
Statement on Tennessee House vote
Posted on 04/18/2018
Mayor Jim Strickland's statement on the Tennessee House vote Tuesday night to remove $250,000 in funds from Memphis for next year’s bicentennial celebration.

Thanks to the Shelby County members of the Tennessee House, who stood up for Memphis last night on the House floor. We have a great local delegation in the General Assembly, and I look forward to continuing to work with legislators to move Memphis and our state forward.

We also appreciate every Memphian who has reached out in support of our great city, and we are eager to work with them.

While we would have appreciated the additional funding, the ongoing planning for the joint city-county bicentennial will continue unchanged.

It will be an amazing celebration of our great city that has changed the world — and is still changing the world — with authenticity and soul, and with grit and grind.

As it relates to last year’s removal of divisive Confederate statues, we followed the state law down to the letter of it. I continue to be grateful to the diverse group of Memphians who came together to support our efforts.
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