News & Updates

Views and opinions about the key issues facing Nashville

June 06, 2016
Amending the Capital Spending Plan

On June 7, the Council will consider the proposed $475 million capital spending plan.  I expect this resolution to be deferred to allow it to track with the capital improvements… Read more »

June 05, 2016
Air Quality Ordinance on 3rd Reading

I’m hearing a lot of community support in favor CM Bedne’s proposed air quality ordinance. There is also a concerted state-wide lobbying effort by interests opposed to the bill. I… Read more »

June 05, 2016
Helpful Metro Websites

Councilmember Kathleen Murphy has put together a list of helpful Metro websites. Here’s her list. I appreciate her putting this list together.  It pulls together a variety of links about development,… Read more »

June 01, 2016
More about Nashville General Hospital

On May 27, 2016, the Mayor, Dr. Joseph Webb, Dr. James Hildreth, and Councilmember Erica Gilmore announced a plan for an independent third party assessment of the financial and governance… Read more »

May 13, 2016
Air Quality Ordinance

This morning, Council members have received a few emails from industry groups talking about the alleged horrible consequences if we pass CM Fabian Bedne’s proposed Air Quality Ordinance.  That ordinance… Read more »

May 02, 2016
FY2017 Budget Ordinance

Here’s the FY2017 Budget Ordinance, BL2016-232. I believe the Mayor’s Office filed it with the Metro Clerk on April 29. This is the proposed operating budget. The Mayor is expected… Read more »

May 01, 2016
Pre-Budget Process Thoughts

As we enter the Metro budget season, here’s where my thoughts are: $121 million in expected new revenue: Metro is projecting that its revenue will grow by 6.1% in Fiscal… Read more »

April 20, 2016
Update From 4/19 Council Meeting

Here’s a quick update of the highlights from last night’s Council meeting: RESOLUTION NO. RS2016-172: We approved a supplemental appropriation for approximately $3 million to various Metro agencies and departments…. Read more »

April 06, 2016
State Legislature + Confirmation =

This was inspired by the combination of two events today: (1) the unjust actions of our State legislature; and (2) my 8th grade daughter asking, as part of her preparation… Read more »

April 06, 2016
Update From 4/5 Council Meeting

I passed my first ordinance last night. I am probably over-happy about that. I’ve written about it before here and here. This ordinance changes the way Metro handles tax increment… Read more »

March 17, 2016
Update From 3/15 Council Meeting

My TIF ordinance passed 2nd reading last night. Two veteran Councilmembers told me (nicely) that I made a rookie mistake by not taking the opportunity to talk about the ordinance so… Read more »

March 10, 2016
“Debt Service Taxes” In Proposed TIF Ordinance

I was approached this week by a lawyer who told me he is working with one of the bidders on MDHA’s Rolling Mill Hill property. He wanted to talk about… Read more »

March 03, 2016
Notes from 3/1 Council Meeting

I want to share three things from this week’s Council meeting. County Medical Examiner Appointment: The Rules Committee was asked to consider the appointment of Dr. Feng Li as County… Read more »

February 25, 2016
New TIF Ordinance

The new TIF ordinance that Councilmember Erica Gilmore and I filed will be considered by the Council for first reading on March 1, 2016. Both MDHA and Metro Legal agreed… Read more »

February 10, 2016
Last Week’s $10 Million For Metro General

I keep thinking about the $10 million supplemental appropriation the Council approved for Metro General Hospital on February 2.  Keep in mind that this is a huge budget miss –… Read more »