Statements about City Government

Because of voter fraud, Republican candidates "need to do a point or two better" to win statewide elections in Wisconsin.

Says Amanda Fritz "manages less than 5 percent of city operations."

Says the city of Portland has one manager for every six "front-line" workers.

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 no Austin City Council "member lives south of" Lady Bird Lake "or north of 45th Street."

Says "I never billed a single hour of my time to the City of Portland in the last 10 years -- so, no revolving door."

Says the mayor’s job "is to make sure that if somebody is trying to build a set of water treatment plants to cure us from cryptosporidium we don’t have, we don't say yes even if CH2M Hill wants us to."

Says we could have saved ourselves the cost of building the Powell Butte water reservoir.

Says  "I don’t agree with Mr. Hales that we should give a sweeping break to the developers to allow them to build that infill housing without paying for those very basics."

Says she is "saving ratepayers $6 million/year."

Says "Amanda Fritz publicly claimed to be endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, both on her website and in the voter’s guide." 

Says "Austin has the lowest property tax rate by far of the five major cities in Texas."

Says "I worked with our Mayor and other commissioners to help save the school year when a budget crisis in Salem threatened to cut four weeks of the school year," including  negotiating with teachers to work for free.

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."

"We don’t allow filming inside of the City Hall unless there is a specific reason."

Says New Jersey Devils managing partner Jeff Vanderbeek "took us into arbitration."

Says New Jersey Devils managing partner Jeff Vanderbeek "froze all those monies during the toughest years in ‘08-’09" and "refused to give the charitable dollars that he was required to give by the contract."

"Invested $90 million in traffic fixes without raising taxes."

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