Archive for February, 2011

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin to retire with $377,000

Monday, February 28th, 2011

City’s DROP policies will help send police director off with sizable payment

As I write out my property tax check on this the last day for payment I picked up the paper and read the above headline. This should be no surprise (more…)

What is the Average Salary Plus Benefits of Local Public Employees?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

With all the local stories about Electrolux and Mitsubishi locating in Memphis and the cost of winning these company locations, I would like to point out some facts. I am not against these taxpayer incentives as this is the game that goes on in a weak economy run by an anti business national (more…)

The Importance of Leadership

Monday, February 21st, 2011

When I look at the past 30 years of political leadership in Memphis I see a great difference in results between Shelby County government and the City of Memphis. The same is true in the education bureaucracy  between the two entities. The most explicit example is the unfunded liability for OPEB (more…)

Private/Public Sector Pensions and Benefits

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

I have been investigating this subject for a number of years. Everyone has a different opinion on this subject depending on their point of view and their experience. Here are my principles based on equity and reality.

Email from Martavius Jones

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Email from Martavius Jones to Joe Saino.

I received the following email last Monday in response to my email and web posting on

Why not disclose that this is an similar situation for Shelby (more…)

Teacher Benefits

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

There was an article last Wednesday in the Commercial Appeal with a sidebar headed TEACHER BENEFITS. This is a subject that I have been investigating for some time. Consider the following.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving- Part Three

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

I finally received county information on present and past commissioners. This is information on what you the taxpayers are paying for their health insurance. They have redacted the names claiming that this is information protected by HIPAA (health insurance portability and accountability act). While I disagree with this reasoning as it is the taxpayers’ money that is paying for (more…)

Memphis School Merger: Here we go again

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

I have been thinking about and studying this school merger issue for some time when a good friend sent me the following analysis that I think goes to the heart of the issue.