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Views and opinions about the key issues facing Nashville

November 03, 2019
Reading list for Nov. 13 Comptroller presentation

The Comptroller for the State of Tennessee will make a presentation to the Metro Council on November 13, 2019, about Metro’s finances. In advance of that, I went back and… Read more »

November 01, 2019
Follow-up on reallocating the Gulch bridge dollars

This is a follow-up on yesterday’s post about Mayor Cooper’s announcement to reallocate $17.95 million of capital spending from the stalled Gulch pedestrian bridge to other infrastructure projects around the… Read more »

October 31, 2019
About reallocated capital spending dollars

(UPDATED: Oct. 31, 2019 at 4:00 PM, updates are underlined) (ALSO SEE THIS FOLLOW-UP NOV. 1 POST) Mayor Cooper announced today that he will reallocate approximately $18 million of capital spending… Read more »

October 29, 2019
Sheriff decides to no longer house ICE detainees

Today, Sheriff Hall announced that Nashville’s jail will no longer house ICE detainees. This is a welcome change. Thank you, Sheriff Hall. Our goal is for every one of Nashville’s… Read more »

October 28, 2019
We’re a month into the new term…

We are headed into the second month of the new Council term. There’s a lot brewing. Today I’ll talk about some of the money and budget issues facing Metro, but… Read more »

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 »