I have been receiving a LOT of e-mails about the Convention Center. I want to tell you that after a lot of consideration and information gathering I am leaning toward voting for the Convention Center. This project was begun 10 years ago. The tourist taxes that were approved then has been collected and that is what has been paying for the projects that have been ongoing toward the building of the new center. These taxes by law can only go toward a new convention center. Because of the unemployment rate and cheaper material costs, I feel that now is the time for this center to be built. It will create 2500 - 3000 jobs while the building is going on and approximately 1500 jobs after completion. I have heard a lot about the convention business being in a downward spiral and I agree to a point. I also believe that the only way to get out of this recession that we are in is to build our way out. I have faith in our city and I know that we are in a special place for the tourist industry. People want to come here not only for the music but for the business as well. Some of the arguments that I am hearing I heard 23 years ago when we built our present convention center. It was too small then and it is still too small. There is no room to expand other than up and it would be too expensive to do that. We are better off as a city to lease that building to the Medical Mart and let them pay for the expansion. I personally believe that with the Medical Mart and the convention center there will be a hotel built by a private developer. I do not believe that the city of Nashville should be in the hotel business. Unless we can compete with other cities for the larger conventions, and they are still being held, we cannot expect to gain more tax money in the form of sales taxes. I have heard from 16 Labor Unions, 15 are for the convention center and 1 is against it. I am for putting our people back to work, i.e.: more work, more taxes paid, more money for the government to work with. As most of you know, I was a firefighter for 40 years, 2 years I worked on Rolling Mill Hill with the Public Works Dept. I know what it is like to have to work for a living and I know how hard these people work. I feel that it is my job to represent all of the 20th District when I make these decisions, some of them I don't like to have to vote for but I have to do what I feel is right. If I can help provide jobs for the unemployed that is what I will do.Any thoughts from Baker's constituents or union members out there?
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
CM Baker tells why he won't be heeding public ambivalence/opposition to a new convention center
From CM Buddy Baker's latest newsletter to District 20 constituents:
Posted by S-townMike at 1/13/2010 12:33:00 PM
Labels: Buddy Baker, Convention Center, Jobs, Metro Council, Nashville, Taxes
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Who wrote that letter? Oh wait that is one of those McNeely Piggot and Fox letters. It probalbly cost us $10,000. Oh well , we all know why CM Baker is for this and his initials are B FReplyDelete
How about doing what your constituents want you to do? Is that in this letter somewhere? I need to look again but I thought public service meant representing what your CONSTITUENTS want, not what you "think" is right!ReplyDelete
I live in a Council district next to Baker's. The people I know in his district do not like the way he does business. They are all chomping at the bit to work against him in the next election.ReplyDelete
He really does not listen to his constituents.
No, the job of the representative is to represent the constituents by making informed, reasoned decisions. That sometimes means doing what they want and sometimes doing what they think is right, even at the risk of losing their next election.ReplyDelete
That's a McNeely, Piggot, and Fox letter? I could pay my 9-year old nephew to write a better letter and he would only charge me 5 bucks.ReplyDelete
At least he is making his position known. What about the one's asking a loy of questions, but still not coming out against it?ReplyDelete