Rybak's do-over budget relies on stimulus money

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 23, 2009 - 11:50 PM

The mayor's plan adds a new streetlight fee and cuts a health lab and civil rights investigations.

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karendavid816Feb. 23, 09 4:24 PM

Did he save the Bicycle coordinator and the new neighborhood services coordinator?

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birdpeepFeb. 23, 09 4:30 PM

Oohhh, the eeevil governor is the cause of our problems and only The Obama can help us. We HAVE to cut back on police because of the Governor. But where are the cuts for the water fountains?

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joemerlotFeb. 23, 09 4:33 PM

Just once it would be refreshing to see a St Paul and/or Minneapolis Mayor or city council actually pitch in during a crisis instead of taking their protectionist approach. R.T.'s answer during our country and states worst economic crisis in modern times? Cut the most painful services to his constituents to incent them to rise against his overlord, the state. Nothing in here about the 9.2 million dollar one mile bike trail reported on in the whistleblower column this weekend. Nope, he's gotta cut the police. Nothin else he can do. How sickeing.

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foobarxyzFeb. 23, 09 4:33 PM

Mpls still has the largest city council of a city its size even LA has a smaller council of 7 members. So lets cut this council in half just think of the millions the city would save on council member salarys and to their staffs

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idontthinksoFeb. 23, 09 4:45 PM

Will the city of minneapolis garbage men be required to work 8 hours a day for 8 hours of pay under the new budget right now they work 5 hours a day for 8 hours of pay. cant they do other things when there done picking up the trash they have to be the highest paid employees if you go by rate of pay for hours worked.

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wndwmkrFeb. 23, 09 4:49 PM

Well I think the mayors security detail should be pulled. I don't have one when I go into Minneapolis and will have less now that the police presence will be less.

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bruiser2Feb. 23, 09 4:51 PM

Please do the rest of us a favor and send in your address to the police department. Let them know that you won't be needing any law enforcement and that you've decided to go with the bike path after all.

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jesseventuraFeb. 23, 09 4:56 PM

Rybak cuts the most from one of the legitimate and necessary functions of government. He's gotta make sure welfare check-in their full amounts-make it to his constituents 1st, lest they don't vote him back into office.

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MurlzFeb. 23, 09 5:01 PM

than schools saying they are going to cut after school activities, sports, etc., if they don't get more money. There are so many other areas, like Public Works, the Convention Center, Local Welfare Programs, etc. that could be cut -- instead, R.T. targets the police. Pathetic. I agree with foobarxyz, cut the council -- they just screw the citizens anyway. How lame are Mpls./St. Paul -- the two largest cities in the state need LGA to survive. Cut your damn spending like everyone else is and has been doing, and leave vital government functions alone, which police would be considered. Google City of Minneapolis and Budget and take a look for yourself. Look at the increase in salary and benefit spending. No wonder they can't make budget. Government jobs on average pay more than 30% more than the private sector. Anyone see a problem with that figure? http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-02-01-civil-servants_N.htm and another: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/employment/2008-04-29-stateworkers_N.htm

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banndcathyFeb. 23, 09 5:08 PM

May be a big Dollar hit, but 4.8% cut is probably on-par with what other departments are taking. Maybe the cops should give up their after hours security work which always seems to cost a few hundred thousand each year for thumpin' folks. God forbid cops or firefighters have to manage their budget like everyone else.

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