Clement says he will not raise taxes for 4 years. 50 % increease over last 5 years. You need a break. Karl won't pledge.
Rich question: rehabilitation through worker training program?
Dean says the state should release innmates trained for jobs and educated. Substance abuse issues addresed. No revolving door. State is responsible. A pledge is a gimmick. I will not raise taxes. What does Bob mean? Will he veto a Concil tax increase?
Celement says Dean said via legal opinion that the people did not have a voice in raising taxes. What is your personal opinion?
Dean answers, Clement began assault on election night. Tennessean noted your poiunt was a stretch. As a lawyer, best legal advice. Referendum is the law. I will follow the law. Only the voters will increase taxes.
FINALLY....A turn to the silly question that Clement has been pushing.
Clement a lawyer is not a leader. Applause, but that is pretty silly.
Dean I will lead, and I will not raise taxes. PERIOD.
Nunez question about panhandling and homelessness:
Clement says aggressive panhandlers bother him greatly. Most are not, but those concern us. Where are the homeless facilities. Build a park.
BUILD A PARK FOR HOMELESS? IS THAT AN ANSWER?
Cleemt says we need affordable housing. We can do better.
Dean will support discouraging panhandling downtown. Pandhandling and homelessness are not the same. On homeless issue, I went and did the plunge. Substance abuse, mental illness, down on their luck causes need to be addressed. We need to treat it with housing units available.
CLement says homeless character changed (not all thagt recent a change, Bob). Bob expects the homelss to work. Need to do more for themselves.
Is Bob the most conservative Democrat in the state?
Dean says that budget and revenue will prevent that commitment. I will look to private sectro to do it for profit. Stay focused on priorities.
Clement says that Karl is right. It is a major expenditure. Need a balanced budget; need to focus on priorities. Need accountability. Need an audit of each department. I am looking for efficiency. Management and publiuc finance are my background.