Archive for September, 2012

Pilots_What Are The Facts?

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

October 1, 2012

Last Thursday I participated in a filming of a WKNO program called “Behind the Headlines”. It was led by Eric Barnes, Publisher of the Memphis Daily News. Also participating was Reid Dulberger, new head of EDGE (Economic Development Growth Engine) and two great reporters for the paper, Andy Meek and Bill Dries. The program will be shown at 7 PM on Friday October 5th and will also be (more…)

The Bridge at Remagen

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

September 29, 2012

I decided that I need a break from local government issues and talk about a controversy in history. I was watching a movie on television last Friday and it was the “Bridge at Remagen”. It was an exciting movie about the bravery of the troops who came across the last remaining bridge over the Rhine river during the second world war. I always thought the movie was a true representation of what happened at this historic event.  

My German family members have a much different story from that depicted in  this Hollywood production.

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Pension Crisis Looms Despite Cuts

Monday, September 24th, 2012

September 24, 2012

The Wall Street Journal had a front page article this past weekend that was very revealing about the state of this nation and its future. The article said “Almost every state in the U.S. has made cuts to its public-employee pensions, seeking to dig out from the economic downturn, but so far the measures have fallen well short of bridging a nearly $1 trillion funding gap”.

Since 2009, 45 states have rolled back pension benefits for teachers, police, firefighters and other public workers including cuts by (more…)

Read What The Pension Reports Say

Monday, September 17th, 2012

September 17,2012

Instead of watching America’s interest burn overseas on the TV, I decided to read some of the latest pension reports from the MLGW, The City of Memphis and Shelby County. Here is what the MLGW pension report dated January 1, 2012 said.

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Health Care Costs-Public versus Private

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

September 13, 2012

There are an article in the CA yesterday morning that was interesting but not completely informative. The title of the article was “Annual survey finds health insurance cost rose, on average, 4 percent

Well let me put some meat on the bones of the article. Following is the cost to local active MLGW, Memphis and Shelby County employees for their portion of annual health care.

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PEPM- What Is It?

Monday, September 10th, 2012

September 10, 2012

Instead of reading the latest vampire novel, I decided to read through the approved City of Memphis 2013 operating budget. I know_You are saying “Get a Life.” {PEPM I assume means Per Employee Per Month}.

I came to page 226 of the budget (HUMAN RESOURCES) which lists the FY 2013 Performance Measures and Metrics. This is like the political parties platforms. It is a goal of the administration but whether they really believe it is another question. But it is interesting (more…)

We Tote The Note

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

September 4, 2012

For years as I drove home from work, I passed a used car lot on Lamar that had a sign that said “We Tote The Note”.

Recently I asked the City and the County for information on property taxes for the fiscal year 2011 to see who totes the note locally. I wanted to know how much is paid by residential versus commercial, industrial, farm, exempt, multi and personalty.

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