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The City Budget & Residency

 

Among the more interesting points during Tuesday’s city council budget debate was some common ground between council members Kemp Conrad and Wanda Halbert.

Facing a chamber filled with members of the city’s municipal unions, Conrad pointed out that while the police and fire unions supported a property tax increase that the council later voted down, most of the police department and more than 40 percent of the fire department live outside the city of Memphis and wouldn’t be paying the tax hike.

That brought to mind, one of the issues Halbert has been very vocal about during her tenure of the council – residency requirements, specifically requiring city of Memphis employees to live in the city or at least in Shelby County.

During the council discussion, Conrad suggested that perhaps there was a circumstance under which he could support such a requirement.

Halbert’s point during budget deliberations has been that many of the solutions to closing the budget gap, now at $11 million, are “punitive” measures aimed at Memphians who continue to pay an unfair burden for services the city provides that are also used and taken advantage of by those who live outside Memphis.

For Halbert, that includes jobs on the city payroll and tax breaks for private corporations based elsewhere who also hire from outside the city as well as inside. That’s where the opinions on residency begin to differ.

For now at least, the residency discussion didn’t go any further than Conrad’s comment as the council was enmeshed in the numbers of a budget season that is coming to the July 1 wire of the new fiscal year.

We’ll have more on the efforts being made to resolve the rest of the still unsettled budget issues in Monday’s edition of The Daily News which goes online Friday at 4 p.m.

 

Americans not feeling good

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released this week, nearly half the country is afraid we’re headed for, not a double-dip recession, but a depression.

We’ve got to kick-start the economy, no doubt about it. But it won’t be worth much if nobody still believes it’s fixed.

Booker T. Washington Viacom Special

Starting tonight, seven of Viacom’s cable networks – BET, Centric, Comedy Central, MTV2, MTVU, TeenNick and TV land – will broadcast a 30 minute special showing how Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis was transformed from a poor-performing school where fewer than half the students graduated each year into an educational gem.

Obama gave BTW’s commencement address last month at a ceremony in Memphis.

On Wednesday, June 8, Viacom’s 2011 Get Schooled Special – Behind the Scenes: President Obama’s Race to the Top Commencement Challenge will offer a behind the scenes look at choosing BTW as this year’s commencement challenge winner. It airs at 7:30 on BET and Centric.

Viewers can go to www.GetSchooled.com to learn more about the Booker T. Washington story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Photo: Lance Murphey)

JT Golfing with The Times

Here’s a link to The New York Times’ “On Par” golfing blog, which recently featured a post and video clip of Memphis native Justin Timberlake chatting with the NYT’s golf columnist Bill Pennington.

Justin works in several references to Miramichi.

City of Good Abode

Here’s something to start off the work week from Keith Sykes that should keep your coolness factor at just the right level. See how many Memphis music players and pickers you can find in this video we found on the Ardent site.

Oh, and you will note that Keith manages to make note of the then rising river without putting on a pair of hip waders and standing in the water. This is how it is done.

 

Dansette

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