Morning Coffee – Slip-n-Slide Edition

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy at Bands Not Bombs
Photo via The Memphis Flyer

Summer is just around the corner even though temperatures over the past weekend may lead you to believe it’s already here. But it’s not all fun and games, despite the photo of one of my favorite Memphis politicians enjoying some summertime fun. There’s some serious stuff, particularly budget decisions on the local level, that must be resolved before the new fiscal year begins on July 1st.

The Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission are putting the final touches on their budgets now. So far it’s looking like both bodies will be able to knock it out by the end of the month.

Then there’s the State Legislature, which is still in session despite the widely held belief that they might have finished up last week (I was one of those).

Nope, apparently there’s still some unfinished business in Nashville. Today the House takes up 36 bills. The Senate will be in session tomorrow, though no calendar was available at the time of this writing.

You might ask, how the respective bodies of the legislature expects to get anything done if they’re not even meeting on the same days. At least one legislator thinks the move is all about per diem. I’m not sure I agree with him, which is not unusual. From the looks of things on Friday, the House looked pretty cranky. I’m not sure that coming in on Saturday would have done much to expedite the session’s end.

That said, the Senate was none too happy about the House’s decision to take a few mental health days, which is likely why they chose to take a couple themselves and adjourn until Wednesday. Tit-for-Tat between the House and the Senate is the one consistent thread throughout this entire session, so it’s not surprising that this behavior continues through it’s last throes.

Will the state legislature finally end it this week? I don’t know and wouldn’t say if I did. Quite frankly, the magic 8 ball on this one says reply hazy.

We’ll see how it goes. Now on to the coffee!

College tuition is likely going up again.

Tom Humphrey on some other unfinished business that may keep the legislature around for a while.

State Senator Andy Berke is going Old Testament on some of the shenanigans in the State Senate by reviving his mountaintop removal bill. An eye for an eye and all, y’all.

And finally, we says goodbye to a man who helped bring affordable house to thousands of Memphians. Harold Buehler passed away Sunday night. He will be missed.

Have a good day out there!

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