Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Towns & Cities Facing State Cuts

The Guv & the Lege are taking aim at state aid to towns & cities. The question is not "if" but "how much." Oddly enough with 60- 70% of school budgets eating up most of local property taxes (and about 90% of that in personnel costs- local gov't also), it rarely rates any coverage in the newspapers. Instead, focus is on the councils. Why is that?

Anyone interested in covering any of these meetings? Use your own name or alias- both work for me. How about Middletown's Senior Ctr. which doesn't even seem to abide by Open Meeting Laws? Anyone like to cover? I'm offering to proof or edit if you like. Heck, I don't want to keep all the fun.

You're also going to see a lot of State mandates going bye-bye which may or may not trump local employee contracts. Focus that spotlight on all elected officials- it's your government. Otherwise, don't complain later... Government does matter- unlike what many have been all too easily & too willingly to believe. Change is coming & don't buy into that malarkey of what great opporunities we are all afforded by all this. Sometimes bad news is just that- bad news.

Expect to see some changes on this blog also. Not in focus necessarily, but in format. I'm liking http://www.soapblox.com/ format (think RIFuture). For that I'll have to dig into Mr. Piggy, though.
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