Archive for February, 2015

by (RSS) Criminal Justice | February 27th, 2015 12:11am CDT | 4 Comments

            All Violent Crime Victims:* 78.0% — African American 17.5% — Caucasian 0.9% — Asian Murders: 73.1% — African American 26.9% — Caucasian 0.0% — Asian Rapes: 75.6% — African American 22.0% — Caucasian 0.0% — Asian Aggravated Assaults: 88.1% — African American 11.1% — Caucasian 0.3% — Asian Robberies: […]

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              Only a few days ago we wrote about the Norris-Kelsey Tax Increase, a likely Shelby County property tax increase caused by a Tennessee Senate committee’s rejection of $1 billion in federal Medicaid money. Now, we have the Curry Todd Tax Increase, which will likely result from his ill-conceived […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Shelby County government | February 23rd, 2015 10:18am CDT | Comments Off on Trustee’s Office Sets The Standard

                  Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir should teach customer service classes for all of local government. Come to think of it, he should teach customer service to a lot of private sector companies, too. Every time we hear people dogging government employees, we think of the trustee’s […]

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by (RSS) Taxation, Tennessee Legislature | February 19th, 2015 12:37am CDT | 2 Comments

              A few weeks ago, the lede in the New York Times said: “When it comes to taxes closes to home, the less you earn, the harder you’re hit.” These were the results of an Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) analysis of every state’s tax burden, and […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | February 16th, 2015 3:08pm CDT | Comments Off on Memphis MSA Ranks Low In Advanced Industries’ Jobs and Output

The Brookings Institution issued research last week about “advanced industries,” which essentially was a broad definition of technology (technology R & D and STEM workers in 50 industries).   The Memphis MSA finished in the bottom 20%. “These industries—which range from automotive and aerospace manufacturing to energy activities to digital services like computer system design and […]

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by (RSS) Tennessee Legislature | February 16th, 2015 12:37am CDT | 1 Comment

                    It’s a tried and true talking point for the members of the Tennessee Legislature camped out on the extremist right wing of the Republican Party.  It’s “overreach.” They oppose Insure Memphis because of the “overreach” of Obamacare. They oppose Common Core because of the “overreach” […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | February 13th, 2015 12:37am CDT | 3 Comments

                Memphis has almost 170,000 youths and half of them are living in poverty, but only about 30,000 to 40,000 are touched by the programs with the highest profiles for providing interventions with proven success rates. The major metric that matters for the programs we’re thinking of is […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 10th, 2015 12:49am CDT | 5 Comments

We wrote about incarceration rates in our last post, and how the rate for the Memphis MSA is higher than most of the peer cities that we often compare ourselves to.  Here are the rates, which represents the number of prisoners per 100,000 in population: 1,422 *            —          Memphis MSA 467.1               —          Detroit 499.9               —          […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice, Trends and Issues | February 9th, 2015 12:57am CDT | 3 Comments

              The incarceration rate for the Memphis MSA is about 80% higher than the Atlanta region and more than three times higher than Birmingham region. The Memphis MSA rate is two times higher than Baltimore, four times higher than Detroit, and two times higher than Chicago, St. Louis, Washington, […]

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                Sometimes, it’s just hard to understand how some people can sleep at night. Certainly, last night, guilty consciences should have made Tennessee Senators Mark Norris and Brian Kelsey sleep fitfully after a day when they kept 288,000 of their fellow Tennesseans from having health care coverage.  It […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | February 4th, 2015 12:05am CDT | 4 Comments

                  In June, 2006, we posted a commentary about the negotiations involving FedEx Forum as the controversy about its construction and financing flared up again.   It’s hard now, so many years later, as the city basks in the victories of the Memphis Grizzlies and the successes of […]

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                One of the most puzzling – if not self-destructive – aspects of local political behavior is seen regularly in suburban elected officials who seem to believe that they can pursue political advantage with rhetoric and positions that demean Memphis as if their districts’ futures aren’t wholly dependent […]

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