Good morning, Nashville. Tennessee lawmakers have a solution of their own for the controversial health care reform bill that passed in Washington this week: Suing the federal government. Tennessee is one of a dozen states that hope to file such a lawsuit, claiming that the overhaul will make it impossible for Tennessee to maintain a balanced budget, which is a constitutional requirement. Rep. Mike Turner already “went there” and lobbed a hefty accusation of racism at the state’s Republican party, saying that they only oppose the new legislation because there’s a black man in office, and now they’re demanding an apology.
- Cha-ching. The Preds may soon be getting a much needed $10 million bonus from the NHL as they get closer and closer to averaging 14,000 fans per game. In related news, they lost to Dallas last night and it was very sad.
- Oink. Remember the swine flu? Don’t think we’re in the clear just yet!
- Too close for comfort. Metro school board passed the controversial new budget last night with a 5-4 vote (needless to say, this year’s budget cuts weren’t the most popular ever). Under the $633 million budget, hours will be cut for around 600 bus drivers, and all janitorial and grounds work will be contracted in.
- Bits & pieces. Expect to see some Tea-Partiers doin’ their thang if you’re anywhere near the state capital today … Drama at one of Nashville’s fine dining establishments, Miel … Nashville is one of just ten large cities expected to post a 3% or more job growth in the next four years … Vanderbilt will donate $100,000 a year to the new non-profit Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, with hopes to improve our mass transit system.
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