Archive for the ‘Tennessee Legislature’ Category

                When The Commercial Appeal can write an article riddled with mistakes about the Tourism Development Zone like it did last week, it seems a good time to separate fact from fiction. Formally called Convention and Tourism Development Financing Act of 1998 (Tennessee Code Annotated 7-88-101), the concept […]

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by (RSS) Education, Tennessee Legislature | March 22nd, 2017 12:40am CDT | No Comments

                We’re simply unable to join the growing push for school vouchers, chiefly because it’s simply impossible for us to imagine that the Tennessee Legislature is really motivated by an ultimate urge to support schools, much less new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. After all, in Nashville, […]

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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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              Sometimes, the best revenge is to give people what they’re asking for. It’s tempting to do that with the deannexation advocates who so passionately want to get out of Memphis.  That’s because if they are successful, their lives get much, much more complicated, and they can thank the […]

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                The most difficult task in the deannexation controversy for the City of Memphis is to find someone in the Tennessee Legislature who is reasonable enough to listen. In the Tennessee General Assembly facts are merely distractions, doctrinaire drumbeating drowns out differing points of view, dog whistle politics […]

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                A lot of Bible verses get quoted in the Tennessee Legislature to justify political positions and legislative actions. When it comes to deannexation, the verse that comes to our mind is: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” It’s a verse from the Christian […]

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                  It doesn’t take a CSI unit to determine that the fingerprints on sprawl’s smoking gun belong to Shelby County Government. However, that doesn’t mean that City of Memphis didn’t put bullets in the gun, and two of them were policy decisions that allowed widespread development outside […]

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              Just when you think we have seen the ultimate example of hypocrisy and petulant pandering by the Tennessee Legislature, they can always go deeper. That’s what Tea Party legislators are doing with a bill to allow annexed areas to deannex in a singularly simple and simplistic way. But […]

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by (RSS) Education, Tennessee Legislature | February 3rd, 2016 12:14am CDT | 1 Comment

                We’re simply unable to join the growing push for school vouchers, chiefly because it’s simply impossible for us to imagine that the Tennessee Legislature is really motivated by an ultimate urge to support schools. After all, Sen. Brian Kelsey, the legislator who introduced the first voucher bill […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Tennessee Legislature | August 26th, 2015 12:55am CDT | 2 Comments

          Despite conventional wisdom, Shelby County does not have the highest poverty rate of Tennessee’s 95 counties. In fact, Shelby County is #32. Because poverty is pervasive in so many Tennessee counties, it would seem logical that the Tennessee Legislature would do much more to fight the causes of poverty in […]

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by (RSS) Tennessee Legislature, Transportation | August 20th, 2015 12:54am CDT | 3 Comments

Once again, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has another good idea that’s being shot down by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and the governor’s own political party. This time, it’s his proposal to raise the gas tax to pay for highway repairs, and miracle of miracles, the governor – former mayor of Knoxville – even dared […]

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If you don’t read the comments from readers to our blog posts, you might just be missing the best part.  The following are some recent comments that seemed worthy of being posted here: Deciding What Memphis Should Be in Its Third Century: David Ciscel wrote: I have always liked this quote from Julia Vitullo-Martin’s book, […]

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by (RSS) Tennessee Legislature | April 29th, 2015 12:15am CDT | 4 Comments

                  Really, what’s left to say about the Tennessee Legislature? There’s mainly the photo above. With yet another guns in parks law, it proves beyond a doubt that its rhetoric about small government and local control is simply a lie. If it were not so tragic, it […]

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                      There used to be a mayor here who said: “If we could buy them for what they’re worth and sell them for what they think they’re worth, we would be millionaires.” We think often of that comment as we watch the machinations of the […]

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Shelby County Attorney General Amy Weirich and her Tea Party legislative friends in Nashville are determined to make sure that justice is not blind but blinded. Spurred on by apocalyptic rhetoric and hyped statistics, the most anti-urban, anti-Memphis elements of the Legislature are ready not just to amend a state law that provides a semblance […]

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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) 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) 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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