Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Who Were the Metro Scheduling Wizards Who Came Up With This One?

The Metro Council is having its regularly scheduled meeting next Tuesday, which is as you know, "Super Tuesday" or election day for a large number of states including Tennessee. The council meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and the local polls close at 7:00 p.m.

And in just my cursory scan of the agenda, I see at least 3 items of particular import carrying debatable content:
So, rather than holding a stripped down meeting on noncontroversial items like accepting grants and abandoning alley right-of-ways, Metro Council is going up against Super Tuesday with a small quiver of provocative items. And I guess there was no way out it. Will they slide some trash past the goalie with audience attention focused elsewhere?


  1. One more at least:

    This one has been under the radar. One would think that, if only because to counter the appearance of impropriety, the Council would hold off on their own retirement benefits until they've figured out how big the estimated budget shortfall is going to be this year.

    The Tennessean is reporting on how each of the Metro departments would respond to a potential 5, 10 or 15% cut (the predicted reduction is as much as 23%), including which libraries would be closed. At the very least, it's in bad taste for the Council to be expanding their own benefits right now.

  2. I personally think it is in poor taste for the council to receive these benefits at all. I would prefer that eligibility only be allowed in cases where council members do not have access to health plans at their workplaces.

    I would feel even better if an authority outside the council reviewed individual requests to participate in the city plan for members who do not have insurance.