Nashville officials want to gorge on a smorgasbord of leftist policies yet would allow the city and the rest of Tennessee to go hungry, experts say.
Politically, Tennessee is crimson red, and the General Assembly has a Republican supermajority.
But Nashville’s powers that be, as reported, are seemingly flipping the bird to Tennessee legislators on variety of things, including a state law clarifying mandates on affordable housing.
The officials are also at odds with the administration on environmental policy and have tried to transform Nashville into a sanctuary city, albeit unsuccessfully.
Ben Cunningham, president of the Tennessee Tax Revolt, told Tennessee Watchdog it’s about more than leftist social ideas. Fiscal policy plays a big role, too.
Mayor Megan Barry and members of the Metro Council, Cunningham said, want to spend $6 billion on a commuter rail/regional transit system. For that, they’ll need to tax and spend people’s hard-earned money, and not just people who live in Music City.
“Taxpayers in other counties darn well better be paying attention to all of this,” Cunningham said.
“That’s because some of these projects will have to be paid for by the taxpayers outside Davidson County.”
Justin Owen, president of the Nashville-based Beacon Center of Tennessee, said Nashville is the economic engine driving most of Tennessee.
“Anytime the city does things to undermine our economic stability as a state it has a ripple effect across all of Tennessee,” Owen said.
“What Nashville does will impact the state’s economy and, because it is the state’s largest city, it will impact you.”
For more specifics on what Nashville officials are doing, and how they’re defying state officials, please read our next story, scheduled for publication tomorrow.
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