States suffocating cities?????
As money keeps evaporating expect to read more stories like this in the WSJ.....
The worst budget crisis in decades is forcing states to cut funding to cash-strapped cities, which already are slashing police, firefighters and other services.
Cities have limited options when presented with state cuts, but some are fighting back. Last month, the League of Arizona Cities and Towns sued the state over its demand for city funds. A group of California redevelopment agencies sued their state to block it from conducting a "raid" of $350 million in local redevelopment funds.
In Mesa, Ariz., the police academy won't have a graduating class next year, says Mayor Scott Smith, because the force is cutting positions. Libraries have cut their hours and swim programs will be limited to six of the city's 11 public pools next summer. Mesa gets most of its revenue from local sales taxes, and about one-third of the city budget comes from money distributed by the state, according to Mr. Smith. "For the first time our cuts are across the board and affect all departments, including public safety," he said.
For the first time........for the first time........for the first time...........
You may soon get tired of hearing those words when it relates to the economy. The problem is much bigger than Obama's tiny $1 trillion dollar stimulous plan.
Think about it....every state, and every county, and every county is running out of money. You can add up the numbers for yourself.....when you do.......you will get it.
A very interesting scenario is unfolding right before our eyes.