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Views and opinions about the key issues facing Nashville

October 03, 2019
Met with Comptroller and Mayor today…

I am sending this message to Metro Council members today… On August 6, 2019, the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury sent a letter to Mayor Briley and the Metro Council…. Read more »

August 06, 2019
Letter from the State Comptroller

The Mayor and Council Members received this letter from the State Comptroller today. I am hurrying to get thoughts out before our Council meeting this evening. Please excuse any typos…. Read more »

August 04, 2019
Thank you!

Thank you! On Thursday, August 1, 2019, the voters of Davidson County elected me to a second term as an At-Large Member of our Metro Council. I am especially humbled… Read more »

July 16, 2019
TIF legislation update

I have two tax increment financing (TIF) bills I am trying to pass before the Council term ends in August. Both bills are up for the 2nd of three readings… Read more »

July 03, 2019
The TIF restructuring to find $7.5M for MNPS salaries

I’ve been working on getting the details of the TIF loan restructuring that is going to allow another $7.5 million for MNPS salaries. MDHA has been very helpful in giving… Read more »

June 30, 2019
Omni economic incentives facts

(Originally posted on June 30, 2019. The next day, the Mayor announced changes to certain TIF loans that impact this post, and a reader helped me with some details. I… Read more »

June 22, 2019
Budget wrap-up

I am disappointed about how the budget turned out this year. I guess I’m glad for the debate. At least there now is a broad consensus that we will be… Read more »

June 17, 2019
New CM Vercher budget amendment

This morning, CM Tanaka Vercher, who is Chair of the Council Budget & Finance Committee, has released a proposed amendment to her Substitute Budget. I have reviewed her amendment and… Read more »

June 14, 2019
5 budgets???

Mayor Briley proposed his budget just before the May 1 deadline set out in the Metro Charter. I got mine out on May 28. Another three were sent to Council… Read more »

June 06, 2019
FAQs – FY20 Better Budget

As we get into the last few weeks of the Metro budget process, I put together a list of frequently asked questions and links to my budget blog posts. The… Read more »

May 28, 2019
What about the $9M for transit?

Some Council Members and I are proposing an alternative budget that would improve school employee pay, allow the city to pay its debts without selling off one-time assets, and allow… Read more »

May 28, 2019
A better budget for Nashville

The FY20 operating budget proposed by the administration falls short. I along with other Council members will propose a better budget for Nashville. Council Member Anthony Davis has agreed to… Read more »

May 16, 2019
Impact of economic development spending on property tax rate

When I proposed an increased property tax rate last year, one of the arguments against was that the city should stop all the corporate giveaways before thinking about a rate… Read more »

May 15, 2019
New TIF legislation

The Metro Tax Increment Financing Study and Formulating Committee released its report last week. The TIF committee will give a presentation about the report in the Council Chamber on May… Read more »

May 08, 2019
TIF Study & Formulating Committee report is out today

Since last November, I have been the chair of the Metro Tax Increment Financing Study and Formulating Committee. This is a new group to study how Metro uses tax increment financing… Read more »