Statements about City Budget
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.
On using Gov. Scott Walker’s collective-bargaining limits to help balance the city of Milwaukee budget
Says that "In 2009, I saved ratepayers around $500 million by persuading the Council to pursue a less expensive compliance mechanism if the City is required to treat Bull Run drinking water."
"Ten years ago the Austin Water Utility used a total of 240.3 million gallons. Every summer since then our peak day of water use has been lower."
"Mayor Fung wants to punish our children's education by removing 12 million dollars from current funding to pay for his private charter school. Your taxes would increase by between 6 and 8 percent per year."
The Central Falls fire department is "one of the lowest, if not the lowest, paid fire departments in the state and entire region."
Thirty-seven percent of Central Falls’ retired police officers and firefighters are out on disability pensions; in most municipalities, about 5 percent of retirees collect disability pensions.
Central Falls "schools are overfunded by state money by as much as $8 million."
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