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Gov. Lee chides Nashville's virus relief spending, restrictions

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee is criticizing Nashville's use of coronavirus relief funds as the city seeks additional financial help in its response to the pandemic.

 

Lee chided Nashville Mayor John Cooper on Thursday for not prioritizing small businesses and urged the city to focus remaining dollars on economic relief for businesses.

 

The letter did not directly deny the city’s request, but instead Lee said he would pass the city’s request along to the members of the state’s Financial Stimulus Accountability group — a panel in charge of how federal pandemic relief funds are allocated. 

 

A spokesman for Cooper’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.

 

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