Mayor Megan Barry Says Her $9 Billion Transit Plan ‘Is About Connecting People’

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, who ten days ago admitted to carrying on a two year long extramarital affair with her Metro Nashville police officer bodyguard, Sgt. Rob Forrest, showed on Thursday that she wants every voter in Nashville/Davidson County to know that she continues to support her much maligned $9 billion transit plan.

With no apparent sense of irony, Mayor Barry promoted her appearance at a Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce event Thursday in a tweet later in the day in which she said, in part, that her transit plan “is about connecting people.”

“Today I spoke at the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce about your transit plan, which will be on the ballot May 1 (early voting starts April 11), and all the benefits it will create,” she wrote, adding, “Transit is about connecting people to what they need jobs, schools, health care and much more.”

Barry’s lack of self-awareness in her choice of words to promote the expensive transit plan immediately caught the attention of her critics.

One veteran Tennessee Republican political operative told The Tennessee Star “Mayor Barry has apparently confused her transit plan with Tinder.”

As of this writing, the Mayor’s tweet has garnered relatively little attention, with only 61 “likes,” 6 retweets, and 23 replies, but many of the comments were scathing.

Despite the firestorm surrounding revelations of an illicit affair with a top staffer in recent days, Mayor Megan Barry’s $9 billion transit plan remains on the ballot. Late Wednesday, the Metro City Council approved the plan for a ballot referendum on May 1.

The Mayor’s Office is seeking to build on the perceived momentum by offering up subject matter experts to go speak at events to ‘inform’ the electorate of all the advantages the transit plan has to offer.

Last week, Vanderbilt University announced their endorsement for Mayor Barry’s transit plan and the subsequent formation, funding, and launch of a 501(c)(4) called, “Creating a More Mobile Community” aimed at promoting the proposal.

However, it’s far from smooth sailing, since most transportation experts have panned Mayor Barry’s expensive plan.

As The Tennessee Star reported, the plan’s hefty price tag comes with tax increases opponent say will raise Nashville’s sales tax to tie with the highest in the nation:

From apparel to zip-up kitchen bags, merchandise sold in Nashville would bear some of the highest sales tax in the nation if the backers of the city’s proposed light rail system have their way, a PAC says.

NoTax4Tracks is the PAC opposing the May 1 referendum in Nashville/Davidson County on a proposed increase in sales and hotel taxes.  The organization issued a press release over the weekend criticizing Mayor Megan Barry’s plan to raise the state-city sales tax to 10.25 percent to help finance the transit plan.

The PAC says 10.25 percent would give Nashville the highest sales tax in the nation. According to the Tax Foundation, two cities currently are tied for the dubious honor of highest sales tax, and both have rates of 10.25 percent: Long Beach, California, and Chicago. Nashville would tie for the top spot in the nation’s most expensive cities in which to shop. Nashville is currently tied in ninth place on the Tax Foundation’s sales tax list.

The city’s sales tax would increase by 0.5 percent from 9.25 percent to 9.75 percent, NoTax4Tracks says on its website. By 2023 the tax will have increased to 10.25 percent.

“Whether it’s a senior living off of social security and/or pensions, or someone who’s livelihood depends on disability payments, the transit plan, if passed, would be devastating,” the NoTax4Tracks press release says.

David Fox recently told The Tennessee Star, “I think that’s a very punitive approach for the middle class and lower-income.”

Given the political turmoil Mayor Barry’s admission of an extramarital affair with her bodyguard has created; the daily new unanswered questions about her conduct; the uncertainty about whether she will be able to continue to operate effectively as mayor; the recent call by pastor Enoch Fuzz for her to resign; and the fact that the mayor has become a walking catalog of ethical violations which has prompted three separate investigations into her conduct; opponents of the transit plan are delighted she continues to associate herself so closely to it.




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8 Thoughts to “Mayor Megan Barry Says Her $9 Billion Transit Plan ‘Is About Connecting People’”

  1. Not My Mayor

    She had to fly to other countries to learn how to connect Nashvillians ? How convenient.

  2. 83ragtop50

    She is apparently an expert at coupling – I mean connecting – with people. Her arrogance is inline with her leftist cohorts. We little people just do not understand that she and her behavior are above question.

  3. Bob

    Anybody that thinks this is about connecting people is poorly mistaken. This is about raising taxes so high that small business have to leave and what’s left is corporate giants that pay leftist idealogs like Imam Berry millions in campaign dollars. Nashville will look like Detroit in 5 years.

  4. Wolf Woman

    Is Mayor Moonbeam clueless about the feelings of the majority of the city who see her as unfit for office? Or does she know and blow us off?

    With three investigations of her public conduct and business affairs coming up, she will find herself going down a media black hole. So I do hope she continues on this path and when she does down, takes her preposterous expensive leftist ideas with her, along with her socialist Alinskyite friends.

  5. lb

    I saw her “impromptu” intereviews with several reporters after this meeting yesterday–her arrogance and tone deafness is staggering in its brazenness. She needs to GO–have the decency to resign immediately.

  6. Papa

    Barry is only sorry because she got caught! I am yet to see any emotion in her face.
    $9B is just the tip of the iceberg for cost of this ‘transit’ system. If every one in the county worked downtown, it might be a good thing. Since I-840 was built,(Experts told Nashville when it was built it was not advisable to build the connector so far out) businesses have moved from the city to more rural areas. The transit system will never serve them.
    The Music City Star was put into service Sept 2006 and is still costing the tax payer at least $3M annually($9,000 daily).
    10.25% is the projected tax increase. When have you seen a government project finish in budget and on time?

  7. Kevin

    The Mayor is giving every citizen of Nashville a great big giant middle finger! Yup, she’s basically saying, “I’m the Queen, and I’m doing whatever the heck I want!” Of course, the Chamber of Commies is friendly to her cause, so she was surrounded by accomplices.

  8. Eric

    Get a clue, skank!