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Reformed and refocused aid would safeguard services, protect taxpayers.
The state needs to do away with LGA. The reason some cities cannot pay for services is that they have chased away industry to preserve a bucolic life style. That giant park costs money. A noisy smelly industry will help pay for it. It also provides non-service industry jobs for your residents. Do not expect the rest of the state to support your quality of life.
Dear Mayors: I guess you're too ill-informed to know this, but money that your cities get from the state also comes from taxpayers.
I spent nearly 20 years in elected office at the city level during the 80's-90's. We understood that the state was becoming and unreliable business partner in terms of collecting taxes and budgeting for real world needs. Even towards the end of my term, we were distancing ourselves to protect our budgeting and planning. Just look what has happened with school funding and it will explain why the state is not a reliable business partner. The revenue reditribution system is not ideal but you have to know what to plan for. Living within your means and not counting on unreliable funding sources are cornerstones of good planning.
Translation: GIVE US MORE MONEY SO WE CAN WASTE IT. Apparently, to greedy, wasteful cities who want unnecessary frills, "partnership and trust" means stealing from everyone and giving to a few. Where have I heard that failed rhetoric before?
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