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Kooky Koch Cuts: Tennessee Doesn't Need More Tax Cuts
Published 04/23/2014 at 10:59 a.m.
It’s heartening to see how cooler heads in the state Legislature managed to thwart a concerted effort by right-wing interlopers to ram through a tax cut at the very time when Gov. Bill Haslam has felt compelled to drop his ...
Reforms Referendum: Knox County School Board Elections are Crucial
Published 04/09/2014 at 11:15 a.m. 1 Comment
If the dissidents prevail in all of them, it would undermine the base of support on the nine-member board that Superintendent Jim McIntyre has commended as the galvanizing force behind the changes locally.
Full to Capacity? New Downtown Hotel Proposals are Overblown
Published 04/02/2014 at 10:29 a.m.
As a result, the prospect of a room glut is likely to preclude any of them from getting the financing needed for construction.
Pension Problems: A City Tax Increase is Needed to Cope With Recurring Costs
Published 03/19/2014 at 10:58 a.m.
Even with the 24-cent increase needed to raise revenues by $10 million, the resultant $2.63 rate would still be lower than at any other point during that span of time.
Controversial Cost Containment: Chattanooga's Pension Cuts Don't Bode Well
Published 03/05/2014 at 10:55 a.m.
With Mayor Andy Berke leading the charge, Chattanooga’s Fire and Police Pension Board has approved cuts in retiree benefits and increases in employee contributions to its pension plan. All this in the name of putting the brakes on the escalation ...
Financial Transparency? Restoring Trust in the Knox County Trustee's Office
Published 02/19/2014 at 11:01 a.m. 1 Comment
Leuthold insists that all of the trustee’s accounts are now being reconciled on a current basis. “With the steps we’ve put in place, now if we are out of balance we will find it immediately and be able to fix ...
Mr. District Attorney: Randy Nichols Has Served the Community Well
Published 02/05/2014 at 10:32 a.m.
The community owes a lot of gratitude to Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols, who will retire in August after 22 years of distinguished public service.
Home Economics: Knoxville's Dwindling Supports for Supportive Housing
Published 01/23/2014 at 10:04 a.m.
Even if Knoxville had the political will to provide more large-scale supportive housing for the homeless, which is doubtful, it’s even less likely that funding could be obtained for any more projects on the order of Minvilla Manor and Flenniken ...
Windfall Profit: Assaying a Big Boost in City Revenues
Published 01/08/2014 at 10:57 a.m.
It is tempting to conjecture that the City of Knoxville’s remarkable surge in revenues derived from the state’s Hall income tax could go a long way toward solving the city’s fiscal problems.
Building Bridges at Knox County Schools
Published 12/26/2013 at 10 a.m. 2 Comments
Unless the breach that has developed between Superintendent Jim McIntyre and many teachers can be healed, his tenure and that of the school board members who support him could be jeopardized.