Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Mayor Dean keeps CM Gilmore close-hauled on regs on businesses subsidized by Metro

From this morning's Nashville Business Journal:

Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore withdrew a bill Tuesday that would have required companies receiving economic development incentives to disclose internal demographic information, such as race and gender.

The bill was up for second reading, and would have required passage Tuesday and one more time before going before Mayor Karl Dean. Gilmore said after speaking to Dean and business representatives that she’d decided the bill was “a little restrictive.”

I supported our CM's bill before withdrawal because it is the right thing to do and not an onerous requirement, given that these businesses would benefit from the public dole. They would not apply to just any business. I am disappointed that CM Gilmore bowed to the Mayor's tendency to overreact to any requirements that do not come directly from Finance Director Rich Riebeling's little camarilla of influence.

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