Category: Behind The Headlines

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.

Downtown stakeholders highlight riverfront development

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (July 18): Paul Morris, president of the Downtown Memphis Commission, and Benny Lendermon, president of Riverfront Development Corp., discuss Downtown development, including Beale Street Landing, One Beale, office space and more.

[Related article: Beale Street Landing Looks Beyond Early Curiosity]

Wharton discusses city budget fallout

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (July 11): Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. talks about the controversy and fallout regarding the recently approved city budget.

[Related article: Wharton Courts Alternatives in Benefits Dispute]

Journalists roundtable on Howard Baker, Henri Brooks, more

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (July 4): A journalist roundtable discussion about the top news stories for the Mid-South this week, including the death of former Sen. Howard Baker, County Commissioner Henri Brooks’ residency issues, and the backlash about the city budget cuts.

County CAO, commissioners discuss tax rate, schools funding

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (June 27): The panel discusses the tax rates for Memphis and Shelby County and funding for the county school systems. Guests include County Commission Chairman Pro Tempore Steve Basar, county CAO Harvey Kennedy, and Commissioner Steve Mulroy.

[Related article: Timing Key Element of County Tax Rate Debate]

Halbert, union leaders discuss city employee benefits

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (June 20): Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert, Memphis Fire Fighters Association President Thomas Malone and Memphis Police Association President Michael Williams discuss the city of Memphis dramatically reducing employee benefits.

[Related article: Fire, Police Union Brass Say Lawsuit is Coming]

City finance director, councilmen talk budget negotiations

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (June 13): City finance director Brian Collins, City Council Chairman Jim Strickland and council member Kemp Conrad discuss the negotiations over Memphis’ tough budget choices and long-term benefits obligations.

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