Statements about City Budget
"Providence has more of its pension fund invested in hedge funds and is less transparent" about it than the state.
Passage of a referendum on an aquarium for Clearwater means "NO future funding for our neighborhoods."
A $10 million fire fee proposal in St. Petersburg was "inspired" by Gov. Rick Scott.
Among the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan areas, Milwaukee is the "only one" where the poverty rate is more than "four times greater in the city than it is in the suburbs."
Under Mayor Angel Taveras "Providence’s bond rating was downgraded from A to BBB, two steps above junk-bond status."
The proposed raises for the Norcross City Council would put it in line with other liked-sized communities.
Says under his utility rate plan, "An estimated 50 percent of our residential households will see a decrease in their water and wastewater bills."
The majority of public funding for the Marlins stadium "came from hotel taxes, the burden of which is incurred by tourists who are visiting our city, NOT the resident taxpayers."
"It is ironic that (First Energy Corp. is) going to have a name on our (football stadium) where we (Cleveland Public Power) supply the electricity."
Says, "In the last four years we’ve cut $36 million in ongoing revenue."
Lois Frankel "spent over $13,000 in taxpayer money on a marble shower in a private bathroom with her own toilet."
While she was mayor, Lois Frankel took a "police helicopter ride to go to a dinner party."
Says she "oversaw an audit that won the city $2 million in franchise fees."
David Cicilline was "required to provide key information about city finances to an independent outside auditor. The deadlines were clear -- yet [he intentionally] missed them by months" until after the November 2010 election.
"The auditor [for the city of Providence] was not locked out" of access to the city's finances.
Says library district would come "at no direct cost to the city budget."
Says "TriMet's own analysis shows that YouthPass does not actually add to the transit agency's costs."
Says "As Mayor of Wilsonville, I drove TriMet out of town and replaced their bloated transit system with our own local bus line that offers better service and has saved our businesses millions of dollars."
Says Gov. Scott Walker made "draconian cuts" to public safety budgets that put police officers at "greater risk of harm."
Says "city leadership is threatening to lay off police and emergency services personnel to balance the budget."
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