Lt. Gov. Ramsey Awarded Financial Literacy Champion
by Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission
(March 24, 2016)
The Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission presented Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey with the Financial Literacy Champion Award. The Commission hosted its annual benefit dinner on Wednesday night, welcoming special guest speakers Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell. State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr., Chair of the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission, thanked the Lt. Governor for his energetic and faithful support of the Commission since its inception.
Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey has been a special guest host of the annual event for the last five years. He has given generously of his time and demonstrated his dedication to seeing financial literacy education grow throughout Tennessee. He has also supported the Commission’s critical work by appointing strong board members during his legislative tenure.
“This is something I have felt strongly about since Treasurer Lillard first mentioned it to me,” Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey said. “Growing up on a farm in East Tennessee, my grandfathers impressed upon me that it’s not how much you make, it’s how much you keep. We need the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission to help make sure all Tennessee children and adults learn how to practice these basic financial principles.”
The Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission was created in 2010 with the mission to equip Tennesseans to make sound financial decisions when it comes to planning, saving, and investing. The Commission has trained over 3,000 Tennessee public school teachers to teach the nationally recognized Financial Fitness for Life curriculum in their classrooms. The Commission has also implemented an online program for direct use by students and has educated over 3,000 students in this manner. The Commission has the goal to reach every K-8 classroom in Tennessee.
In 2010 Tennessee state government had no organized function in financial literacy. Today, Tennessee has received a grade of “A” for its structure and efforts to improve financial literacy in the state. None of this would have been possible without Lt. Governor Ramsey and the legislative leadership.
“The decisions Tennessee leaders make are critical to the quality of life individual Tennesseans will achieve,” said State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. “I believe history will ultimately judge that the decisions Lt. Governor Ramsey and the legislative leadership made to set a goal for Tennessee to be first in the nation in financial literacy will be seen as the turning point on the road to a much better future for all Tennesseans. The Financial Literacy Champion award recognizes his role in that pivotal decision.”
The Commission is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies mostly on donations from individuals and businesses for its funding.
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