Journalists discuss anti-discrimination ordinance, Memphis sales tax hike, and more

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Aug. 22): A roundtable of journalists discusses the Shelby County Commission’s decision to vote down an anti-discrimination ordinance, the future of the half-cent sales tax hike in the city of Memphis, and the building boom in the area around Graceland.

Panelists: Jackson Baker (Memphis Flyer), Andrew Douglas (WMC Action News 5) and Les Smith (FOX 13 News)

PILOT development incentives: Part 2


Part two of a two-part series on payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentives

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Aug. 15): Rev. Kenneth Whalum Jr., pastor of New Olivet Baptist Church, and Thomas Malone, president of the Memphis Fire Fighters Association, talk about the controversial PILOTs program. Click here to watch Part 1 of the discussion, featuring representatives of the Greater Memphis Chamber, Economic Development Growth Engine and Highwoods Properties sharing their point of view.

[Related article: PILOT Critics Push for Fuller Accounting]

PILOT development incentives: Part I


Part one of a two-part series on payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentives

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Aug. 8): Representatives of the Greater Memphis Chamber, the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County, and Highwoods Properties talk about the controversial PILOTs in the context of recent criticism by city employees. Tune in Aug. 17 as Kenneth Whalum Jr. and union representatives share their point of view.

[Related article: Pressure Builds to Grant More Tax Breaks]

Commissioners Roland, Bailey discuss pre-K funding

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Aug. 1): The Shelby County Commission recently funded prekindergarten to the tune of $3 million. However, some commissioners had doubts about whether the money should go directly to Shelby County Schools or be distributed by a private foundation. We’ll present both sides of the issue.

Behind the Headlines NewsHour Update: Pre-K funding

A non-broadcast wrap-up of the pre-K funding discussion from “Behind the Headlines” Aug. 1, 2014.

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