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1. Airport Authority Passes MEM Operating Budget -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has approved a Memphis International Airport budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1.

The $120.4 million operations and maintenance budget sets the fees and charges that airlines pay the airport authority, and also establishes spending authority for the MSCAA staff. It does not, however, include construction project expenditures.

2. Commission Wades Into TIFs, Minority Businesses -

Shelby County Commissioners took a dive into the technical Monday, May 22, on several fronts in county government.

The commission approved a tweak in an economic impact plan for the Lake District development in Lakeland. The mixed-use development is to include hotels, retail, office uses, assisted living and restaurants. The public improvements or infrastructure are financed with a tax increment finance, or TIF, district that amounts to an increment of the property taxes – Lakeland and Shelby County – paid by the owners of the district.

3. ServiceMaster Almost Ready for First Employees to Occupy Downtown HQ -

By mid-June the first wave of employees will move into the new ServiceMaster Global Headquarters at 150 Peabody Place, bringing to fruition what many city leaders believe is one of the biggest wins for Downtown Memphis in a decade. 

4. Commission Wades Into TIFs, Minority Businesses -

Shelby County Commissioners took a dive into the technical Monday, May 22, on several fronts in county government.

The commission approved a tweak in an economic impact plan for the Lake District development in Lakeland. The mixed-use development is to include hotels, retail, office uses, assisted living and restaurants. The public improvements or infrastructure are financed with a tax increment finance, or TIF, district that amounts to an increment of the property taxes – Lakeland and Shelby County – paid by the owners of the district.

5. Vaco Risk Solutions' Brian Prentice Talks Data Breaches, Safety -

Vaco Memphis has added Brian Prentice as managing partner of Vaco Risk Solutions, a national consulting firm that works with organizations that have IT security, risk or compliance needs; have had a recent breach; are moving data centers; require a penetration test; or have any other project-based risk management needs.

6. Shelby County’s Certified Property Tax Rate Set at $4.13 -

Shelby County Commissioners set the certified county property tax rate at $4.13 Monday, May 22, a 24-cent drop from the current tax rate of $4.37.

The resolution approved reflects the state-approved estimate of a tax rate that will produce the same amount of revenue for county government as the current tax rate following the 2017 countywide property reappraisal.

7. County Certified Property Tax Rate Comes In At $4.13 -

Shelby County Commissioners set the certified county property tax rate at $4.13 Monday, May 22, a 24-cent drop from the current tax rate of $4.37.

The resolution approved reflects the state-approved estimate of a tax rate that will produce the same amount of revenue for county government as the current tax rate once new property values from the 2017 countywide property reappraisal are factored in.

8. Airport Authority Passes MEM Operating Budget -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has approved a Memphis International Airport budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1.

The $120.4 million operations and maintenance budget sets the fees and charges that airlines pay the airport authority, and also establishes spending authority for the MSCAA staff. It does not, however, include construction project expenditures.

9. View From the Hill: Gas Tax Rancor Lingers as Session Coasts to Close -

Remnants of rancor over Republican leadership roiled the House, a reminder of outrage over roguish behavior as representatives reached the finish line.

Alliteration is probably better suited for poetry. But in a case of what could be considered poetic justice, at least for some, this literary device – goofiness maybe – is suitable for legislative action requiring a score card to keep up with the characters and a bit of history to put it all together.

10. House Committee Postpones Action on Short-Term Rentals -

A day after the House targeted Nashville with a tough bill on short-term rentals, the Senate deferred action on legislation blocking the Metro Council from enacting any prohibitions.

The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee postponed a bill by Sen. John Stevens until January 2018, ending the debate this year on a measure singling out Davidson County efforts to restrict short-term rentals such as Airbnb.

11. Physical Education Bill Gets Tripped Up in Legislature -

Legislation requiring one hour of physical education per week for elementary students stumbled and fell Monday, May 8, when it hit a procedural hurdle.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Roger Kane went down in the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee after a recount of sorts, one in which a member didn’t vote and then was allowed to cast a “no” vote killing the bill.

12. Tenn. Republican Party Names New Leaders -

Tennessee Republican Party chairman Scott Golden has named Michael Sullivan as the state party’s new executive director and Ashley Hesseldahl-Harbin as finance director.

13. Tennessee House Abandons Amendments Before Approving State Budget -

Putting a day of acrimony behind it, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a $37 billion budget plan on Friday, May 5, stripping away nearly $320 million in amendments placed on it the previous day.

14. Last Word: RiverPlay, New City Property Tax Rate and House Republican Rift -

The Memphis In May International Festival arrives Friday with the Beale Street Music Festival and hopefully with warmer temperatures than the Thursday chill. Meanwhile, RiverPlay, the conversion of Riverside Drive between Jefferson and Court to a pop-up park linking up Memphis and Mississippi River Parks, makes its debut Friday afternoon.

15. Republican In-fighting in Tenn. House Stirs Up Budget Mess -

The House of Representatives adjourned in apparent disarray Thursday, May 4, after arguing over amendments to a $37 billion budget plan, some saying discord stemmed from votes on the governor’s IMPROVE Act.

16. Trump Limits IRS Action Over Church Political Activity -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is seeking to further weaken enforcement of an IRS rule barring churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates, though his executive order on religious freedom is disappointing some of his supporters.

17. Tennessee House Passes Gun-Lawsuit Bill -

Legislation making it easier for cities to be sued over gun restrictions eased through the state House Wednesday, May 3, even though it would allow those filing lawsuits to claim triple attorney fees.

18. Plans for Boutique South Main Hotel Move Ahead -

A new South Main restaurant, an up-and-coming boutique hotel brand and a Medical District mixed-use development all got the green light from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board Wednesday, May 3.

19. 'Who is a Democrat?' -

Through two meetings in less than a week, the leader of a reorganization of the Shelby County Democratic Party has heard one discussion more than any other issue raised in the gatherings.

“Who is a Democrat?” attorney and former local party chairman David Cocke said in defining the issue at the start of the second forum in Midtown Wednesday, May 3.

20. Apple’s Growing Cash Stash Spurs Talk of Huge Acquisition -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – As Apple's stash of cash grows, so does the possibility that the world's most valuable company will use some of the money for a huge acquisition that would expand its empire beyond iPhones and other gadgets.

21. Luttrell Shuns Tax Cut In Proposed $1.2B Budget -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has taken a $1.2 billion consolidated county government budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission that would maintain a stable property tax rate but shift a part of the tax rate to establish a capital projects pay-as-you-go fund.

22. Luttrell Proposes $1.2 Billion County Budget with Stable Tax Rate -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has taken a $1.2 billion consolidated county government budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission that would maintain a stable property tax rate but shift a part of the tax rate to establish a capital projects pay-as-you go fund.

23. House Leader Casada Backs Towns’ Slavery Amendment to State Constitution -

NASHVILLE – Rep. Joe Towns’ legislation to remove slavery from the state Constitution is being postponed until 2018, but it picked up a key endorsement Monday from Republican House Majority Leader Glen Casada.

24. Towns’ Slavery Amendment Gets Backing From House Leader -

Rep. Joe Towns’ legislation to remove slavery from the state Constitution is being postponed until 2018, but it picked up a key endorsement Monday from Republican House Majority Leader Glen Casada.

25. Tenn. Republican Party Names New Leaders -

Tennessee Republican Party chairman Scott Golden has named Michael Sullivan as the state party’s new executive director and Ashley Hesseldahl-Harbin as finance director.

26. Tenn. School Bus Seat Belt Bill Placed in Budget Limbo -

A Tennessee bill to require seat belts in new school buses bought after July 2019 is in budget limbo while lawmakers examine the cost and whether the state will cover it.

The House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee put the legislation on hold Wednesday because it’s currently unfunded in the governor’s budget plans.

27. $250M K-12 Education Fund Hits Legislative Hurdle -

NASHVILLE – Legislation by Tennessee House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh seeking to create a $250 million education fund may have to fit through the eye of a needle to get into Gov. Bill Haslam’s $37 billion budget plan.

28. Questions About Shelby County Schools Voucher Bill Postpone It for the Year -

NASHVILLE – Questions about student testing within a proposed pilot voucher bill affecting Shelby County Schools forced the bill’s sponsor to postpone it until next year.

Rep. Harry Brooks, R-Knoxville, sent the bill to the first calendar of the 2018 House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee Wednesday, April 26, telling lawmakers he needs more time to work out details in the legislation. One of those questions dealt with the effective date of the voucher program and the other with an amendment enabling private schools that would accept public students to opt out of state-required testing, the TNReady.

29. Proposed $250M K-12 Education Fund Hits Legislative Hurdle -

Legislation by Tennessee House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh seeking to create a $250 million education fund may have to fit through the eye of a needle to get into Gov. Bill Haslam’s $37 billion budget plan.

30. Tennessee School Bus Seat Belt Bill Placed in Budget Limbo -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee bill to require seat belts in new school buses bought after July 2019 is in budget limbo while lawmakers examine the cost and whether the state will cover it.

31. View From the Hill: IMPROVE Act an Insight Into Testy Election Ahead -

In case anyone’s keeping stats, Senate leadership soundly defeated House leadership this session in the gas tax/tax cut battle.

Whether this is a forerunner to a Republican gubernatorial primary remains to be seen as Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and House Speaker Beth Harwell weigh decisions. It’s not as if they’d be facing off against each other, though, since businessman Bill Lee and former Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd are definitely in the race and not hurting for money.

32. City of Memphis Budget Could Face Bumpy Road -

Memphis City Council budget hearings begin Tuesday, May 2, at City Hall starting with Mayor Jim Strickland’s $77.8 million capital budget proposal for one-time spending on construction projects and similar expenses that are normally financed with bonds.

33. Shelby County Schools Voucher Bill Postponed for the Year -

Questions about student testing within a proposed pilot voucher bill affecting Shelby County Schools forced the bill’s sponsor to postpone it until next year.

Rep. Harry Brooks, R-Knoxville, sent the bill to the first calendar of the 2018 House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee Wednesday, April 26, telling lawmakers he needs more time to work out details in the legislation. One of those questions dealt with the effective date of the voucher program and the other with an amendment enabling private schools that would accept public students to opt out of state-required testing, the TNReady.

34. Strickland Delivers $680 Million Operating Budget to Council -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland delivered a $680 million city government operating budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 25, with no property tax increase and no use of city reserves to balance it.

35. Official Estimate Could Upend Trump Tax Plan Before Release -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new congressional estimate could upend President Donald Trump's tax plan even before he releases it.

Trump is scheduled to unveil the broad outlines of a tax overhaul Wednesday that includes a massive cut in the corporate income tax, reducing the top rate from 35 percent to 15 percent.

36. First Horizon CEO: Bank on Right Course -

During a pause in remarks from its CEO, a familiar voice broke the silence in the auditorium of First Tennessee Bank’s Downtown headquarters Tuesday, April 25, during the annual meeting for shareholders of the bank’s parent company.

37. Strickland: City Already Funds Schools Many Ways -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says a coalition calling for city government to provide $10 million for local education through nonprofit groups has to take into account “a $50 million challenge” the city faces in its finances over the coming years.

38. Governor’s Supplemental Budget Includes More Transportation Funding -

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris calls the governor’s $125 million supplemental budget a “strong foundation” for completing work on the IMPROVE Act.

39. Last Word: Game Day In San Antonio, Gas Tax Compromise and Democrats Talk -

Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford is out on bond after being charged Monday with domestic violence assault and false imprisonment. And the Shelby County Commission does not appear to have a precedent for taking any kind of action until the charges are resolved one way or another although commission chairman Melvin Burgess is exploring that with attorneys.

40. Council to Consider Plans, Raises, ‘Basics’ in Strickland's Budget -

In his second budget presentation as Memphis mayor Tuesday, April 24, expect Jim Strickland to continue to talk about city government being “brilliant at the basics.”

41. Third-Party Litigation Financing Grows Into Popular, High-Stakes Trend -

Two decades ago, commercial third-party litigation financing was as small and uncommon as to be “negligible,” in Charles Agee’s words. Maybe $100 million in such funding per year.

42. Law Week Honors Memphis' Legal Community -

Law Week is a tradition that celebrates local legal professionals and continues the dialogue about law and justice issues in the Memphis community at large.

Our Law Week emphasis explores some of those issues in greater detail, including judicial criticism, litigation finance and the next generation of attorneys.

43. University of Memphis, UTHSC May Soon Face Outsourcing Decisions -

Forty-one state lawmakers signed a letter requesting the state put a hold on its outsourcing plans until the General Assembly can scrutinize its effect on state workers and services.

The state is set to sign a contract April 28 with Chicago-based JLL for facilities management work that could be used by universities and departments statewide. Even local government jobs could be doled out to the contractor.

44. Last Word: 'Take That For Data', Gas Tax Wednesday and Corker in Memphis -

“Take That For Data” may be the rallying cry for the rest of the NBA playoffs around here. And look for an off-the-chart crowd reaction Thursday when Grizz coach David Fizdale takes his place courtside. The Grizz' loss to the Spurs in Game 2 Monday in San Antonio prompted a post-game statistics-laden tirade by Fizdale about officiating of the game that concluded with Fizdale saying “take that for data” –the closest thing to profanity in the entire rant.

45. McCloy and Joyner Accept Dunavant Honors -

Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner agreed Tuesday, April 18, that Memphis Libraries director Keenon McCloy deserved an award just for working for four consecutive mayors.

He and McCloy were the recipients Tuesday of the 14th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards given by the Rotary Club of Memphis East and the family of the late Shelby County Probate Court Clerk.

46. Veterans Want Tax Relief Addressed Separately -

Members of the Legislature’s Veterans Caucus are renewing a call to increase property tax relief statewide for veterans and the elderly in a measure separate from the governor’s IMPROVE Act.

47. Commission Draws Brighter Line on Surplus Use -

Shelby County commissioners set the tone for the upcoming county government budget season Monday, April 17, by approving a refinancing of county debt with up to $120 million in bonds over time.

The refinancing draws a line between the administration of Mayor Mark Luttrell and commissioners over the use of county surpluses.

48. First Budget Moves, Minority Business Measures Top Commission Session -

Shelby County Commissioners set the tone for the upcoming county government budget season Monday, April 17, with approval of a refinancing of county debt with up to $120 million in bonds over time.

49. First Budget Moves, Minority Business Measures Top Commission Session -

Shelby County Commissioners set the tone for the upcoming county government budget season Monday, April 17, with approval of a refinancing of county debt with up to $120 million in bonds over time.

50. Fuel-Tax Bill Short of Votes in the House -

NASHVILLE – Votes aren’t adding up in the House of Representatives for passage of the governor’s gas tax/tax cut legislation.

With floor debate scheduled Wednesday morning, not only is a Republican head count showing lack of support, Democrats aren’t exactly lining up behind the measure. The minority party says it wants concessions on other items from the governor before it can vote for the IMPROVE Act, and some Democrats say they won’t go for a combination of tax cuts for wealthy investors tied to a higher gas tax.

51. Oden to Rehab Building Downtown for New HQ -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. has approved an eight-year PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) for Oden & Associates Inc., a locally owned marketing firm, to turn a vacant 77-year-old warehouse two blocks from the FedExForum into its headquarters.

52. Airport Releases New Strategic Overview -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority released a new Strategic Overview for the next five years, which serves as a comprehensive plan to implement improvements in all airport operations.

The Strategic Overview, which was last updated in 2015, is broken down into nine categories: physical/terminal, environment, properties/cargo, airfield, communications and reputation, air service, business model/finance, human capital management, and general aviation – each with its own one-, three- and five-year goals.

53. Judge Approves Sale Of Warren, Tulane Apartments -

Millennia Housing Development Limited’s $3 million bid to buy the Warren and Tulane apartments from a federal court receiver has been approved by District Judge Jon P. McCalla.

But McCalla is still working through a claim by Class A Security LLC, which was under contract with Foresite Realty Management LLC, the court appointed receiver, to provide security at the two complexes. Class A is seeking $158,784 in expenses and fees.

54. Memphis City Council OKs Sale of Sheraton Hotel -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, April 11, approved Host Hotels & Resorts LP’s $67 million sale of the Sheraton Memphis Downtown convention center hotel to LMS Real Estate Investment Management LLC, a newly formed joint venture between Schulte Hospitality Group and Starwood Capital Group.

55. Commission Moves Closer to Budget Season -

Shelby County commissioners aren’t at budget season just yet, but there are already indications that it is going to be about capital spending.

Commissioners already have a detailed look at what Shelby County Schools will be looking for in the way of funding. And the commission will vote Monday, April 17, on a change in plans for a proposed $120 million refinancing of the county’s capital bond debt.

56. House Committee Moves Voucher Bill Past Delay With ‘Neutral’ Recommendation -

Legislation setting up a pilot voucher program for low-income students in Shelby County emerged Wednesday, April 12, from the House Government Operations Committee after two weeks of delay.

But an amendment enabling private schools who accept public students to opt out of state-required testing could cause it to go back to the starting line.

57. Last Word: Season's End, 100 N. Main Delays and Voting With Popsicle Sticks -

The last Grizz game of the regular season is a loss to the Mavericks Wednesday evening at the Forum 100 – 93. Look for further word Thursday on Tony Allen's right leg injury. Here comes the “second season” starting with the Spurs. Inbetween is a trip down memory lane as the two-hour "30 for 30" documentary on John Calipari debuts Thursday on ESPN. There was a screening Monday in Kentucky that Calipari attended. The Lexington Herald-Leader has more.

58. House Committee Moves Voucher Bill With ‘Neutral’ Recommendation -

Legislation setting up a pilot voucher program for low-income students in Shelby County emerged Wednesday, April 12, from the House Government Operations Committee after two weeks of delay.

But an amendment enabling private schools who accept public students to opt out of state-required testing could cause it to go back to the starting line.

59. Mississippi Ethics Law Will Restrict Use of Campaign Money -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi politicians will face new limits next year on how they can use campaign cash, under an ethics law the Legislature passed after media investigations revealed spending on everything from mortgage payments to cowboy boots.

60. Council OKs Sheraton Sale, Weighs Trash Pickup Changes -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, April 11, approved Host Hotels & Resorts LP’s $67 million sale of the Sheraton Memphis Downtown convention center hotel to LMS Real Estate Investment Management LLC, a newly formed joint venture between Schulte Hospitality Group and Starwood Capital Group.

61. Mistreated GOP Legislators Only Want to Be Heard -

Word has it extra tissue will be placed on the desks of some House members in the coming weeks so they can dry their tears of pain.

It seems a faction of the Republican supermajority just hasn’t gotten a fair hearing – from their own party – on opposition to Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, which contains a dreaded gas and diesel tax increase to rebuild the state’s roads and bridges. It’s the gas tax versus the surplus, which is pretty big at $1 billion in one-time money and another billion in extra recurring money.

62. Harwell Cites Need for Alternative Transportation Funding Plan -

House Speaker Beth Harwell says she believes it’s important to have a transportation funding plan counter to Gov. Bill Haslam’s gas tax/tax cut act after House Republican Caucus members voted to oppose the governor’s idea.

63. Last Word: Tubby Support, Pot Bill Withers and Changing Indigent Counsel Rules -

Just in time for spring, the near unraveling of the Overton Park-Zoo parking compromise. The Memphis City Council again put together a compromise Tuesday to keep the move to a new expanded parking lot on track and the funding in place by the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park Conservancy.

64. Council Brokers New Zoo Parking Compromise, Abolishes Beale Authority -

The Memphis City Council went back into the terms for an expanded Memphis Zoo parking lot Tuesday, April 11, just nine months after brokering and approving a compromise on the project between the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy.

65. CCRFC OKs Sheraton Deal, Incentive for Oden HQ -

The sale of the 600-room Sheraton Memphis Downtown took a step forward Tuesday, April 11.

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. unanimously approved a request to reassign an existing payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive for the hotel, 250 N. Main St., to a joint venture between Louisville, Kentucky-based Schulte Hospitality Group and Starwood Capital Group.

66. Judge Approves Sale Of Warren, Tulane Apartments -

U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla has approved Millennia Housing Development Limited’s $3 million bid to buy the Warren and Tulane apartments from a federal court receiver.

But McCalla is still working through a claim by Class A Security LLC, which was under contract with Foresite Realty Management LLC, the court appointed receiver, to provide security at the two complexes. Class A is seeking $158,784 in expenses and fees.

67. Council Faces Beale Street, Parking Decisions -

Memphis City Council members have an agenda full of hot spots Tuesday, April 11. They vote on a move to abolish the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority, check to see if both sides paying for a Memphis Zoo parking solution in Overton Park are on the same page and take a final vote to change on-street parking around FedExForum and The Orpheum Theatre to a flat fee of $10 for “special events.”

68. Oden to Rehab Building Downtown for New HQ -

Plans to breathe new life into a vacant 77-year-old warehouse two blocks from the FedExForum have been submitted by Oden & Associates Inc., a locally owned marketing firm looking to relocate its headquarters.

69. U of M Students, Faculty Do Social Work on the Hill -

The University of Memphis Department of Social Work recently participated in the annual Social Work Day on the Hill.

More than 50 students and six faculty members in bachelor’s and master’s programs traveled to Nashville to gain practical experience in speaking to legislators, building interdisciplinary professional relationships, and advocating for policies primarily related to mental health and child welfare.

70. Airport Releases New Strategic Overview -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority released a new Strategic Overview for the next five years, which serves as a comprehensive plan to implement improvements in all airport operations.

The Strategic Overview, which was last updated in 2015, is broken down into nine categories: physical/terminal, environment, properties/cargo, airfield, communications and reputation, air service, business model/finance, human capital management, and general aviation – each with its own one-, three- and five-year goals.

71. “Gateway’ Puzzle Begins To Come Together -

Starting last summer, a new ownership group for the city’s largest hotel by room count was undertaking its due diligence largely out of the public eye.

There were some rumblings about the Sheraton Memphis Downtown changing hands three years after a renovation of the 600-room hotel attached to the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

72. City's Largest Hotel Changes Hands In Latest 'Gateway' Puzzle Piece -

The largest hotel in the city by room count is changing hands in what is a key part of the city’s effort to remake the Memphis Cook Convention Center as a part of a larger “Gateway project” in the general convention center area.

73. Marketing Firm to Rehab Vacant Downtown Building for New HQ -

Plans to breathe new life into a vacant 77-year-old warehouse two blocks from the FedExForum have been submitted by Oden & Associates Inc., a locally owned marketing firm looking to relocate its headquarters.

74. U of M Students, Faculty Do Social Work on the Hill -

The University of Memphis Department of Social Work recently participated in the annual Social Work Day on the Hill.

More than 50 students and six faculty members in bachelor’s and master’s programs traveled to Nashville to gain practical experience in speaking to legislators, building interdisciplinary professional relationships, and advocating for policies primarily related to mental health and child welfare.

75. House Committee Postpones School Voucher Bill Again -

A House committee amended legislation setting up a pilot voucher program for low-income students in Shelby County, enabling private schools who take students from struggling public schools to opt out of state-required tests.

76. IMPROVE Act Could be Renamed; Alternative Plan in the Works -

Legislation containing a gas-tax increase moved out of a key committee Wednesday, April 5, with proponents saying it could be called the IMPROVE Act or the 2017 Tax Cut Act because of several tax reductions designed to make it easier for Tennesseans to swallow.

77. Senate Campaign War Chests Could Swell -

NASHVILLE – Legislation enabling state lawmakers to raise campaign funds during even-year session recesses evolved into a markedly different bill this week – one allowing significant contribution increases for Senate candidates.

78. Award-Winner McCloy Brings Modern Applications to Library System -

Keenon McCloy got around to doing the math on her time at City Hall. “I just crossed over 25 years,” said McCloy, director of the Memphis Public Libraries system, a position she has held for 10 years. Before that she was director of the city’s Division of Public Service, head of the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center and started as director of the transition office for Memphis Mayor-elect Willie Herenton in 1991, one of four mayors whose administrations she has worked in.

79. Democrats Put Squeeze on Republicans To Defeat Outsourcing of State Assets -

Legislative Democrats are calling on Republicans to join them in passing a slate of bills to combat Gov. Bill Haslam’s outsourcing plans for everything from state parks to facilities management at universities.

80. Commission Debates Use of $20M Surplus -

The Shelby County Commission delayed a vote Monday, April 3, on a $120 million refinancing of the county’s capital bond debt for two weeks.

Commissioners are specifically eyeing a $20 million surplus in the county’s debt service fund – the fund that pays down the county’s debt.

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82. Newspaper Finds Double Dipping Among Tennessee Lawmakers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A newspaper analysis has found that Tennessee lawmakers drew thousands of dollars from their campaign funds for expenses that may have been covered by their allowances for meals, travel and housing when they are serving at the state Capitol.

83. Democrats Put Squeeze on Republicans to Defeat Outsourcing -

Legislative Democrats are calling on Republicans to join them in passing a slate of bills to combat Gov. Bill Haslam’s outsourcing plans for everything from state parks to facilities management at universities.

84. Wiseacre Tables Plans to Build Brewery in Coliseum -

Wiseacre Brewing Co.'s plans to expand into the Mid-South Coliseum are off but could re-emerge somewhere down the road as the city administration renews discussions about a fuller renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

85. Last Word: Mike Rose, Bartlett High Options and Memphis-Nashville Talk -

Mike Rose transformed Memphis-made Holiday Inn from a single brand to multiple brands and a corporation that transformed the hospitality industry as casino gaming spread beyond Las Vegas and Atlantic City in the 1990s. During his time at the helm of Holiday Inns and Promus Companies, Rose was also one of the city's most influential corporate leaders with the money and ability to raise money and set terms that made possible the transformation of St. Jude into a research institution and pointed the University of Memphis in that direction as well. Rose died Sunday in Nashville of cancer.

86. Evolve Bank & Trust Announces New CFO -

Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust has named Mark Mosteller as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer.

87. Bartlett Weighs $60M Plan to Reconfigure, Expand Bartlett High -

The Bartlett City Schools board is considering a $60 million plan to upgrade and expand the Bartlett High School campus over three to four years. The project would be partially financed with a 14-cent hike in Bartlett’s property tax rate.

88. Evolve Bank & Trust Announces New CFO -

Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust has named Mark Mosteller as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer.

89. Last Word: The CA Marks A Year, Bike Lanes and Nicole Miller for Fashion Week -

The city of Memphis is in a two-front legal fight in federal court over alleged surveillance of protesters that landed several dozen of them on the City Hall list – according to each of the two lawsuits filed this past month.

90. IMPROVE Act Moves Closer to Passage -

With hardly a peep of discontent from lawmakers, the governor’s IMPROVE Act containing fuel-tax increases and a host of tax cuts moved out of the House Local Government Committee today.

It heads next to a House Finance committee, where the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Barry Doss, predicts it won’t face a fight.

91. Norris’ Broadband Bill Clears State Senate Hurdle -

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris’ broadband internet access bill is rolling through the General Assembly.

92. White House Calls for Domestic Cuts to Finance Border Wall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down payment on the border wall.

93. Bill to Ban Outsourcing Sails Through Committee -

A Senate panel approved legislation Monday prohibiting the outsourcing of jobs at state parks less than a week after the State Building Commission renewed plans for rebuilding and privatizing the inn at Fall Creek Falls.

94. Rudd Says University Redirecting Neighborhood -

The railroad tracks between Highland Avenue and Zach Curlin Drive have been a fact of life and a border of sorts for as long as there has been a University of Memphis – even before it was called the University of Memphis.

95. First Tenn. Essay Contest Targets Literacy, Finance -

To help raise awareness of financial literacy month in April, First Tennessee Bank is sponsoring its annual essay contest to encourage young people to make wise choices and improve money management skills.

96. Boyd Picks Finance Chair For Gubernatorial Bid -

Knoxville businessman and Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd has hired Nashville fundraiser Steve Smith to head the finance team of his bid for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018.

97. Shelby County Schools Voucher Bill Advances in House -

NASHVILLE – Despite a packed room of Memphis-area people opposed to vouchers for public school students, a House Education Committee advanced a pilot program targeting low-income children in Shelby County Schools system’s low-performing schools.

98. Last Word: No More Lottery Balls, The Voucher Bill Advances and UCLA -

Spring is in the air, which can only mean one thing – the Overton Park Greensward controversy is back on. Just this past weekend, I was in the park noting the metal barrier that separates Greensward pedestrians from Zoo parkers and that the barrier was not “decorated” with save the greensward paraphernalia as much as it has been the previous three springs.

99. Shelby County Schools Voucher Bill Advances in House -

NASHVILLE – Despite a packed room of Memphis-area people opposed to vouchers for public school students, a House Education Committee advanced a pilot program targeting low-income children in Shelby County Schools system’s low-performing schools.

100. First Tennessee Essay Contest Encourages Literacy, Finance -

To help raise awareness of financial literacy month in April, First Tennessee Bank is sponsoring its annual essay contest to encourage young people to make wise choices and improve money management skills.