Archive for April, 2016

by (RSS) Criminal Justice | April 29th, 2016 12:45am CDT | No 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, D.C., and New York City.   It’s […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice, Poverty | April 27th, 2016 12:28am CDT | No Comments

              Monday’s report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation gives new meaning to the aphorism: Do the crime, do the time.  As it turns out, the people doing the time are also children, whose lives are traumatically and often irrevocably affected. It’s a sad commentary about our inclination, particularly […]

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by (RSS) Regionalism, Trends and Issues | April 26th, 2016 12:51am CDT | 18 Comments

            This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.  This article was previously published there. By Jimmie Covington Recently released U.S. Census […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods, Poverty | April 25th, 2016 12:10am CDT | 13 Comments

                  Memphis should be so lucky as to have a gentrification problem. If it did, it would indicate that people are moving back into Memphis core neighborhoods and that confidence in the city’s future is rising. But while the “g word” gets more attention and attracts more […]

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                The EDGE board and its president, Reid Dulberger, have shown admirable restraint in the face of special interests calling for them to expand the tax freeze program that is at the heart of Memphis and Shelby County’s business incentives. EDGE brought thoughtful evaluation to the frantic rush […]

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by (RSS) Taxation | April 20th, 2016 12:49am CDT | 17 Comments

              Awhile back, 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 Tennessee came […]

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          The catfish is the Tennessee state commercial fish, and it’s the perfect mascot for our bottom-feeding Legislature. Time after time, just when we think it can’t go any lower, it always manages to do it. Once again, this year, the competition is fierce for the bills that are the Legislature’s […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods | April 15th, 2016 12:12am CDT | 4 Comments

                          It’s a mantra heard for years by Memphis neighborhoods: We’d love to help but we don’t have any money and times are tough. And yet, millions of dollars are given to profit-making projects and millions more are waived in tax freezes for […]

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This is the latest edition of our feature that takes a look back at blog posts 10 years ago, so this month we’re flashing back to April, 2006.  The topics that month includes posts about the study funded by Memphis and Shelby County Governments that urged reform of the PILOT program to make sure companies […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Livability, Talent | April 12th, 2016 12:49am CDT | 35 Comments

                              Note: There are renewed conversations about the ways to spark more economic growth in Memphis, but often they turn into ideas that are merely extensions of the present or resurrected ideas from the past (think music studios).  In an effort […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | April 11th, 2016 12:43am CDT | 2 Comments

  This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.  This article was published there By Jimmie Covington With a financial liability pending for creation of a fund […]

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                    Now, that wasn’t really so hard, was it? Now that the Overton Park Conservancy has done the work that more appropriately should already have been done by City of Memphis or the Memphis Zoo years ago, we can only hope that calmer heads will prevail […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Taxation | April 6th, 2016 12:44am CDT | 2 Comments

              Ten days ago, in the wake of the Tennessee Legislature’s decision to send the deannexation bill back for more study, we blogged that City of Memphis should begin a process to consider what the optimal size of the city should be. A few days later, Memphis City Council […]

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  The 21st century dawned with such hope, and chief among the reasons for optimism was the emergence of a group of young African Americans determined to improve the community and its political opportunities for their generation. That’s why it’s so disheartening in Memphis today to see what 15 years of hard work has done […]

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