Archive for January, 2020

  In light of the proposal to increase the county wheel tax by $20 to create new funding for Memphis Area Transit Authority, we are reposting an October 8, 2013, commentary about the myths surrounding the tax.   Here it is: Well, it was bound to surface sooner or later.  Anytime there’s a debate about new […]

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            In light of the proposal for a $20 increase in the Shelby County wheel tax to provide funding for MATA, we’re reposting a commentary from May 6, 2019, about why our community needs better public transit.   In our last post, we pointed out the irony of the suburban county […]

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                It is hard to think of a case of amnesia more convenient than the one on display in Shelby County Government these days. There, suburban commissioners are fighting an increase in the wheel tax to support public transit when that very tax exists in the first place […]

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by (RSS) Data Points, Poverty | January 23rd, 2020 9:00am CDT | No Comments

                Elena Delavega’s Memphis Poverty Fact Sheet is today such a respected and reliable source of information that it’s hard to grasp that we had nothing like it until she became part of the University of Memphis faculty in 2011. Growing from a three-page document in 2012 to the 15-page […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Taxation | January 21st, 2020 9:00am CDT | No Comments

              Lee Harris, in only 17 months, has shown an openness to new thinking on old issues, so here’s our modest suggestion for a new decade: Shelby County Government should get out of the PILOT business. After all, in the past decade, the 10 agencies with the power to […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 20th, 2020 12:00am CDT | No Comments

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                In early 2001, the Vancouver Grizzlies announced it was relocating and despite failure after failure to attract a National Football League team, a group of Memphis civic leaders decided to go after the pro basketball franchise. It was anything but a slam dunk.  As the clock ticked […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Poverty | January 13th, 2020 9:00am CDT | 3 Comments

              Tennessee Valley Authority just made it easy. In delivering its “my way or the highway” ultimatum refusing to negotiate with Memphis as it considers who its electricity provider should be, it ratified the negative perceptions held by many Memphians. The adage is that unless you are willing to […]

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                It is often said that Memphis has not had a comprehensive plan in 38 years, but that is not precisely true. It’s been even longer. That’s because what was approved by City Council and the County Board of Commissioners in 1981 was not precisely a comprehensive plan.  […]

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by (RSS) Education | January 6th, 2020 9:00am CDT | No Comments

            James Johnson, 30, is the embodiment of the hopes expressed in 2006 when it was announced that Teach for America was adding Memphis City Schools to its national program. At the news conference for the announcement, the stated goals were to create a talent pipeline of highly motivated college […]

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