Statements about City Budget
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."
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."
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