News & Updates

Views and opinions about the key issues facing Nashville

March 29, 2020
Metro’s public health orders

As of March 29, 2020, Metro does not have all of its public health orders gathered in one place. Here they are: Board of Health resolution declaring a public health… Read more »

March 26, 2020
COVID-19 Issues: People, then money/budget

This is a collection of my thoughts about coronavirus issues as of March 26, 2020. Circumstances continue to evolve, and my thoughts probably will too. Unless I note otherwise, these… Read more »

March 18, 2020
Best guesses about budget, including tornado, COVID-19 impact

Last year, before the Mayor announced his budget proposal, I estimated that it would be $2.335B. It ended up being $2.332B — so I missed it by only $3 million…. Read more »

March 11, 2020
Community budget meetings: COVID-19 Update

PLEASE SHARE I understand that Metro public health officials may soon update their guidance about gatherings in Nashville. At this time, the Metro Public Health Department is not requiring closures… Read more »

March 11, 2020
Community Budget Meeting presentation slides

Click here to see the presentation slides shown at the Community Budget Meetings. UPDATE: Here are the slides from the final presentation, which was virtual due to COVID-19 and given… Read more »

March 07, 2020
More details about Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

At the Council meeting on Thursday night, there were some questions from Council Member Delishia Porterfield and others about how and where the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) will… Read more »

February 13, 2020
Schedule for Council budget process (as of Feb. 13)

This morning, the Mayor’s office is holding a briefing session for media about the Mayor’s portion of the budget process, which is already underway. The Council’s Budget & Finance Committee… Read more »

February 05, 2020
Soccer standoff

As the standoff between the Mayor and the soccer team persists, I find myself wanting to be in favor of beginning stadium construction immediately. I’m not 100% there, but absent some… Read more »

January 30, 2020
Protect the community benefits agreement

As last year’s city election season turned into fall and now into a new year, the inability to move forward on building the soccer stadium is beginning to take its… Read more »

January 26, 2020
Community Budget Meeting Schedule

UPDATE (Feb. 29, 2020): Here’s the presentation CM Toombs and I are using for these meetings. This is a follow-up to my earlier post introducing a tentative schedule for this… Read more »

January 17, 2020
Tentative schedule for Council budget process

Mayor Cooper and Finance Director Crumbo announced recently that they would like to move Metro’s typical budget process forward one month. Instead of the Council working to pass a budget… Read more »

January 04, 2020
Metro’s audited financials for FY19

Metro’s audited financials — or Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) — are usually done and posted online in December. I took a few minutes today looking at the CAFR for… Read more »

November 27, 2019
Body worn cameras — what’s the status?

There is confusion about the status of deploying body worn cameras in Nashville. Samantha Max at WPLN had a good story earlier this week that lays out the history of… Read more »

November 26, 2019
MNPS 3% for Jan. 1 — what just happened?

This morning, the Mayor announced that he had identified a mechanism to pay MNPS employees the 3% raise that Mayor Briley promised them would start on January 1, 2020. Before… Read more »

November 25, 2019
Optimism AND reality

I am optimistic about Metro fixing its finance problems. It also is important that we be realistic too. For each of the last two years, I and others in the… Read more »