Taxes, spending and debt

The Shelby County Commission meets Wednesday to take another stab at approving a balanced budget.

The economic downturn makes that task more difficult.

We’re rolling into Fiscal Year 2021 with little room for error. The county will collect less than originally expected this year and has lowered its projections for the next.

Some are calling for us to make up the revenue shortfall by increasing property tax rates. Here are a few reasons why that can’t happen.


Weekly COVID-19 update

Shelby County


The viral formula

I have seen the COVID-19 viral formula explained this way:

infection = exposure + time

The closer you come to someone who is carrying the virus, and the more time you spend near them, the more likely your chances are of contracting it.

It’s a simple (and simplified) formula, but it explains many things.


Memphis mask mandate

Should residents and visitors in Shelby County be required to wear facial masks or facial coverings while out in public areas?


Abortion is essential?

Tennessee Democrats practiced some antisocial distancing this week, separating themselves from their longest-serving state legislator.

The party removed State Representative John DeBerry from the Democratic primary ballot and deprived Memphis voters of a choice (imagine that) for one reason only: his opposition to abortion.

The Democratic party has made it abundantly clear there will be no tolerance for pro-life leaders like Rep. DeBerry.

“The so-called party of inclusion is everything but inclusive. It’s all about thinking with one brain, marching in step and following the company line, sitting there like a brainless idiot and letting them tell you what to do.”

– John DeBerry

While most Tennesseans were focused on remaining “Safer at Home,” Democrats were busy ensuring unborn lives would be less safe in the House.

Meanwhile, a federal judge was busy formulating an even more ridiculous decision.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that abortion is an essential activity that must continue even while nearly every other business in Tennessee is closed by state order.

Do we need any more evidence that our society has been infected by a virus every bit as lethal as this current pandemic?

If anything constitutes a civil emergency, it is this: a government mandate that all business must end except the business of killing.

Feature image by Sean Braisted.