Tennessee's $732M in welfare reserves the biggest in nation

Gov. Bill Lee this week defended the decision to stockpile $732 million in federal anti-poverty funds reserved for families with children, saying the money would be put to use "when the needs are there."

Other states have used the funds to combat opioid addiction and to support children's healthcare. One out of every four Tennessee children is in poverty. Governor Lee doesn't see a need?

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.