Statements about City Budget
Says "city leadership is threatening to lay off police and emergency services personnel to balance the budget."
Says Lee Leffingwell "raised property taxes 20 percent in three years."
Says Democratic recall opponent Tom Barrett is campaigning on "lifting property tax" limits.
Says since 2000, Austin’s "tax burden" rose more than 40 percent while family income rose more than 20 percent.
Says she is "saving ratepayers $6 million/year."
Says "Austin has the lowest property tax rate by far of the five major cities in Texas."
Says "my advocacy questioning contracting out in Parks … delayed and altered the renewal of the Brooks contract, and reduced the number of contracted employees in Parks from over 100 to fewer than 40."
In labor negotiations with city employees, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett "demanded concessions that went beyond those mandated" by Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining law
Mayor Tom Barrett’s policies drove unemployment up 27 percent in Milwaukee, pushing it to "one of America’s 10 worst cities for unemployment."
Says his reform efforts improved performance at all 10 low-performing schools in Palm Beach, Florida.
"In his very first budget, (Milwaukee) Mayor Tom Barrett broke his pledge to keep a lid on property taxes and has continued increasing taxes and fees ever since."
If Rhode Island raises the meal and beverage tax to 10 percent, it would be the "fourth-highest in the nation."
"When my grandfather came to this country back in 1925, there were no government benefits."
"Invested $90 million in traffic fixes without raising taxes."
"The commercial property tax [in Providence] is second highest in the country behind Detroit."
Says "we brought crime rate down by 30 percent" when he was mayor of Dallas.
Gov. McDonnell's proposed budget "is cutting" public education.
Says proposal to boost teacher pension fund "puts no mandate on local government."
"Mayor Barrett saved Milwaukee $25 million, thanks to Gov. Walker’s reforms."
"I think with the exception of the last year or maybe the last two years, we were at 100 percent" when it came to contributing to the Providence pension fund.
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