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It’s time to get back to work for local politicians

This is the latest in a weekly blog by Local 24 News’ Mike Matthews. MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Everything slows down at election time. Over the ...
Mike Matthews

This is the latest in a weekly blog by Local 24 News’Mike Matthews.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Everything slows down at election time.

Over the years I’ve seen it happen over and over.

Politicians don’t vote on the big stuff, the controversial stuff,before an election. They care about winning.

Elections are over. Now it’s back to work.

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris realizes he’s got a lot of work todo to get any support on his plan to increase registration fees on those whoown more a third car by $145.

Newly named Commission Chairman Mark Billingsley says from whathe’s seen, the Harris plan doesn’t have a chance.

There’s one issue.

The big one now concerns residency requirements for policeofficers and firefighters in Memphis.

Police Director Mike Rallings, Mayor Jim Strickland, and evenSheriff Floyd Bonner want to do away with them.

All say it makes finding officers and deputies a heck of a lotmore difficult than it needs to be.

They want you folks to get a chance to vote on it in November of2020.

Of course, you did vote on it, twice in the last fifteen years.

In 2004 you approved making officers and firefighters live insidethe Memphis City Limits.

In 2009 you changed that to requiring them to live inside ShelbyCounty.

This is one of those issues that politicians didn’t want to touchbefore elections. Many don’t want to touch it now.

But it’s the price one pays getting on that glory train known aspublic service.

Yeah.