Archive for November, 2012

$150 Million For Airport Parking and Rental Cars! Why?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

November 28, 2012

There was an article in the CA yesterday about further cuts in Delta flights and service to and from Memphis. Could it get worse? Yes, we found out it could.

I have always been proud of our airport. It is a truly beautiful architectural job. At night, bring on the bubbly for the champagne flutes.

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What Is PECCA?

Monday, November 26th, 2012

November 26, 2012

With the irreconcilable differences between the City/County and the suburbs on educational issues, Judge Mays will come down with a decision on whether the state law allowing suburbs to have their own schools is constitutional or not. Whatever he rules, the other party will not be happy and no doubt will seek other ways to do what they want. However there is hope on the horizon in the form of PECCA and parental choice.

PECCA is the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act of 2011. This piece of legislation is the most (more…)

Ding Dongs and Twinkies

Monday, November 19th, 2012

November 19, 2012

Hundreds being laid off locally and thousands nationally because of non sense union rules and especially unsustainable pensions. Does this sound familiar?

Private sector defined benefit pensions have put company after companies out of business. Take the auto industry for instance. American taxpayes had to come to the rescue costing billions and billions of dollars.

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Memphis Appointed Employees

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

November 13, 2012

Last week I gave you information on the cost of the January 2001 pension resolution that allowed elected and appointed employees to retire after 12 years regardless of age.

When I started digging into this subject I found the following information.

  • Section 250 of the Memphis City Charter provides that the Director of Personnel/Human Resources shall classify all officers and position. This section sets forth certain positions as appointed and allows for the creation of additional appointed positions with the concurrence of the Council of the City of Memphis. Over the past 20 to 30 years, The Director of Personnel/Human Resources has classified a number of positions as appointed  that are not specifically enumerated in Section 250 of the Memphis City Charter.

The result of all this is a plethora of appointed positions. I have attached a list of about 300 (more…)

Beale St And The 17 Boxes of Documents

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

November 8, 2012

There was an article in the Commercial Appeal last week concerning a court ruling on the ownership of Beale St. The judge ruled that Performa Entertainment Real Estate Inc., the company that has run the Beale Street Entertainment District since 1982, can assign its sublease to the city of Memphis.

 

This brings to mind that in 2006 I received a report that there were 17 boxes of Beale Street documents stored in a locked closet at Robert Lipscomb’s Office of (more…)

$10 million Reasons Not To Vote For Tax Increases

Monday, November 5th, 2012

November 5, 2012

When you go to the polls tomorrow you will have a chance to decide for or against several tax increases.

There is an orchestrated campaign to convince you that the only choice is these sales or gas tax increases or property tax increases. Well I have shown below a good example of how we got to this situation. This is millions thrown away because of bad policies and decisions that benefitted the insiders.

In January 2001 the Memphis City Council passed a resolution that allowed elected and appointed City of Memphis employees to retire after 12 years of service regardless (more…)