I don't oppose food stamps for people that genuinely need the help. The rest selling the cards for cash...etc. They are everything that is wrong with our country.
Absolutely disgusting. Our country is full of people with no honor or self respect.
I am A Ok with ISIS being declared monsters, after beheading a beloved American.
Excellent point Conservative. The Times Free Press is the Whitest journalist group in town.
I have been learning more about this great idea to further socialize health insurance, as the Dems supported. However like David, they seem to talk out of both sides of their mouth. Let's put government workers on ACA.
With private insurance ruined by ACA, the reality is that public employees and government needs to get out of the benefit business, and trying to maintain an unsustainable standard. We know as an estimate that all benefits of local and state governments are equal to about 30 to 40 percent of their gross salaries, this would include leave benefits, health insurance, public contributions to retirement plans,.... Instead of trying to maintain specific plans, it would be better for the taxpayers to simply provide the 30 percent or more directly to the public employee, and let them purchase the benefits they wish to have, rather than the taxpayers selecting specific programs. It causes too much conflict and distraction. So, here is your percentage for benefits, go buy what ya want. It is also safer for the employee to control their own pension funds. I mean who would you rather have managing your pension funds, 1) Andy Berke, County Commission or Gov. Haslam, or 2) you and your savvy brokers.
Perhaps it is time for all governments to pay a percentage of salary for benefits, and allow employees to purchase the insurance they wish to have through ACA, or the Obamacare that you supported David. Isn't ACA intended to serve every American, but Congress who has a special plan?
zulalily, we held 2 fund raisers for Ms. Sharp and it has not made a dent in the $50 plus she had to spend to find the TIF was illegal. Councilwoman Carol Berz accepts lots of campaign donations from Perimeter Properties, LLC whose principals are the TIFFERS Mike Mallen and Gary Chazem, so did Manny Rico and others that voted for the TIF.
The point is, NO ONE is watching the taxpayers back but Helen Sharp, Chancellor Brown and a few others. Our elected officials are owned by the Tiffers. A judge Voided the TIF, yet the IDB and mayor reinstated. Mayor also reappointed the TIFFERS to city boards, Doug Stein is Chairman of the Stormater Board for Chattanooga so his construction can regularly pollute Black Creek with no fines, and that damn law firm of Mike Mallen's Miller and Martin has received $240,000 in TIF funds, and for what? filling our forms. The TIF road they applied for does not cost $9 million. I heard testimony by Ric Ebersol at the IDB. These Tiffers are robbing the public, and we cannot stop them, because they run city hall.
Taxpayer funds from the TIF bond issue were reported by the developers Mike Mallen etc to have spent $999,000 of the $9 million approved for the Tiffers to spend. According to the Black Creek filing to the bond board, %240,000 of the $999,000 was spent on Miller and Martin attorneys hired by the developers as an allowable charge. We the taxpayers are being robbed by Miller and Martin attorney fees. We have to pay the developer's share of legal fees, but not Helen Burns Sharp's when the law is violated. The city and county should pay Helen's legal fees for violating the open meeting laws. These Developers are nothing more than corporate welfare recipients, corporate cronies.
KI, distaste for corporate welfare crosses all political lines. You are a bigot.