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Views and opinions about the key issues facing Nashville

October 09, 2017
Unfunded OPEB liability to cross $3B mark this year

I have written before about Metro’s pension and OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefits — e.g. health insurance) liability. This is brief update. Metro’s Finance Director gave the Council an update about these… Read more »

October 08, 2017
Soccer thoughts (October 8 edition)

Let me start by saying that soccer is exciting. It is the most popular sport on the planet. I would love to see Nashville get a top-level soccer franchise. That… Read more »

August 22, 2017
Recovery Court Audit

The General Sessions Recovery Court was audited in the aftermath of former Judge Casey Moreland’s indictment. As a member of the Metro Audit Committee, I received the audit report when… Read more »

August 15, 2017
Tried to condemn white supremacy this evening…

After the events in Charlottesville over the weekend, I submitted a late-filed resolution condemning white supremacy.  You can see it here.  Multiple additional Council members signed on as co-sponsors. Under… Read more »

August 13, 2017
After Charlottesville…

Words are failing me after Charlottesville. There are too many emotions and thoughts to make sense of. I know this post doesn’t cover it all, but this is where I am today…… Read more »

August 09, 2017
Soccer Stadium

Over the next six months, the Council will be asked to take positions on several important issues. Before these debates come to a head, I want to share my current… Read more »

August 09, 2017
Transit Referendum

Over the next six months, the Council will be asked to take positions on several important issues. Before these debates come to a head, I want to share my current… Read more »

August 09, 2017
Ft. Negley Park (aka “the post you can’t even name without taking sides”)

Over the next six months, the Council will be asked to take positions on several important issues. Before these debates come to a head, I want to share my current… Read more »

August 09, 2017
Knowles Assisted Living Facility Audit

On July 18, 2017, Metro’s Internal Audit department published its report about the Bordeaux LongTerm Care and J. B. Knowles Assisted Living facilities. The audit covered the period after Metro privatized… Read more »

August 03, 2017
“City Heights”

There was an article today in the Tennessean about gentrification inside of 440 and north of Charlotte.  The addresses in the article are a few minutes walk from Swett’s and… Read more »

May 26, 2017
Immigration Bills in line with State and Federal Law – would not create “Sanctuary City” status

Along with co-lead sponsor Colby Sledge and a growing list of additional co-sponsors, I have submitted two bills to guide Metro’s role in federal immigration enforcement. First reading will be… Read more »

April 30, 2017
Unfunded OPEB Obligation Going Over $3B in 2018?

Between now and the end of June, the Metro Council will approve our budget for the 2018 fiscal year. Before we get too deep into that process, it is worth… Read more »

April 27, 2017
Math is hard

For the 2017 fiscal year, Metro’s general obligation bond debt service was either 10.1%, 10.85%, or 11.35% of the budget — depending on what document you look at. According to the… Read more »

April 21, 2017
Jackson Law – rubbish or not?

Last November, CM Nick Leonardo introduced an ordinance for Nashville to adopt the State’s “Jackson Law.” If adopted, the Jackson Law would require new and expanding landfills to be approved… Read more »

April 02, 2017
April 4 Council Agenda

For the April 4 Metro Council agenda, here’s what I am looking at: For public hearing There are two bills (-641 and -642) that were disapproved by the Planning Commission. Since… Read more »

 

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