Living wage vigil planned today

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 2:47am

Living wage advocates have planned a vigil at the historic downtown courthouse to take place prior to Tuesday’s Metro Council meeting. The rally will feature faith, labor and community leaders in support of at-large Councilwoman Megan Barry’s memorializing resolution on the issue of living wage.

Barry’s nonbinding resolution, which unanimously passed the Council budget and finance committee meeting Monday, would state Council’s opposition to state legislation aimed at pre-empting local governments from passing living wage laws.

Barry said she intends to tackle the issue of bringing living wage law to Metro in the coming months. A Vanderbilt University study last year stated the living wage in Nashville should be $10.55.

Memphis and Shelby County have already passed living wage laws.

Minimum wage as provided by the federal government is $6.55, which is more than $8,000 below the federal poverty line for a full-time working family of four.

Convention Center legislation to be deferred

The resolution authorizing an intergovernmental agreement between Metro government and the Metro Development and Housing Agency to begin land purchasing in the SoBro area site to be used for the proposed Music City Center will be deferred, sponsor Tim Garrett said.

The at-large Councilman said he will defer the legislation to track with the other bills, on first reading at tonight’s Council meeting, which would clear the way for $75 million worth of tourism taxes to be used for land acquisition.

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5 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 4/21/09 at 5:37

Someone makeing minimum wage should not be trying/expected to support a family of 4.

Tampering with the economy by government does not produce the intended results but does the unintended consequences.

By: Dragon on 4/21/09 at 10:12

Exactly. Not everyone working 40-hour weeks for minimum wage is supporting a family of four. We also don't know if the study discounted the thousands of dollars of welfare collected (WIC, TANF, ETIC, WOTC, SSI, etc, etc).

By: tv8527 on 4/21/09 at 10:49

If this woman want's to burden a city with higher taxes & run more people to the surrounding county's then maybe she should move to Memphis & leave us alone!!!
People are paid on their ability's & market rates this country hasn't gone socialist yet but if people like her keep getting elected we will. it's time for fiscal responsibility not socialism.