Thinking for ourselves
By Shea Howell
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The first round of budget cuts under the newly evolving Consent Agreement is unfolding. It is not pretty.
According the Mayor,
This budget process is fraught with questions. Councilwoman JoAnn Watson posed some of the most important, asking, "Who has decided what core services are, buy sildalis without prescription. Who decided recreation would be cut by 50% but general services,
Councilman James Tate, who voted to give away council authority to the state, is concerned over cuts to the law department.
Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins, cheap
Almost everyone agrees that the financial impact on the city will be far greater than the loss to individual paychecks. Scott Watkins of the East Lansing based Anderson Economic Group gave a conservative estimate of $128 million reduction in direct disposable income. He also projected an additional $51 million loss in benefit spending.
Missing from this calculation are the human and community costs, buy
The reality is that city jobs not only provide essential services, they are deeply woven into the economic fabric of daily life.
This current budget, no doubt developed closely in line with the wishes of Governor Snyder, cheapest
Thus this budget is evading the major questions of how to generate new revenue for the city. Two areas need to be considered, buy sildalis without prescription. First, over the last 3 decades, Detroit has given away millions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations. We have done this with the encouragement of state and federal policies. For example nearly 19 square miles are included in our renaissance zone that includes tax abatements, tax exempt bonds, public loans and grants. Since we are in a financial state of emergency all of these “incentives” need to be renegotiated.
Second, the state needs to impose a regional tax for the support of core services in the city. The reality is that Detroit provides for much of the growth and health of the surrounding counties, who drain rather than support us. Citizens from surrounding communities enjoy our streets, theaters, music, cafes, art, waterfront and sports, and they should contribute directly to the streets that take them there and the all our public services.
The constant diminishment of the city will serve no good end. We all should take a vigorous role in the budgeting process and demand the re-evaluation of how to be collectively responsible for public services.
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