Category Archives: city government

Should cities rely on “rainy-day” funds to balance their books?

New York City social service advocates last fall decried roughly $1 billion in spending cuts that would shut down fire stations, nix city-sponsored child care for low income families and slash library spending. And with yet another multi-billion budget deficit … Continue reading

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Debt is another nasty four letter word for Jefferson County, Alabama

From Europe to Washington D.C., one four little world seems to be on most politicians’ minds. Debt. Enter Jefferson County, Alabama, which facing a crippling $3 billion in debt, last week entered the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history … Continue reading

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Read their lips: No new taxes

Colorado voters made one message clear this week — “Read our lips. No new taxes.” In Tuesday’s election, voters across the state voted 2 to 1 against Proposition 109, a ballot measure that would have used higher tax rates to … Continue reading

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More interactive budget tools

American cities aren’t the only ones facing major budget woes. Facing reduced government funding budget in the next few years, cities across England have also had to shave dollars off their books. But unlike most American cities I’ve seen, many … Continue reading

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Red light cameras: safety measure or Big Brother-like cash cow?

Remember the days when you could drive through a yellow light without worrying about that dreaded photo flash? In most cities, those days are long gone as red light cameras have become increasingly popular and popped up in major intersections … Continue reading

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You’re not the only one who can’t pay your bills

In one Pennsylvania city, plans to replace an aging trash incinerator left them flat broke. On Tuesday, the Harrisburg City Council voted to 4-3 to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy — a last ditch effort to write down nearly $300 … Continue reading

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Desperate times call for creative measures

If you’re anything like me, parks were a big part of your childhood — up there with Sesame Street and naptime. I remember scooting myself down the plastic slide (even during the hot summer months) and being deathly afraid of … Continue reading

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