The reverse seems to be the case in a "proposed" city budget presented in a letter to city pollys by KC-MO City Manager Troy Schulte...
In Mr. Schulte's world- taxpayer monies would be forthcoming to the playpens at the Truman Sports Complex and a professional baseball game- but cuts would be made to the fire and police departments as well as other existing city services.
Here are some cuts Schulte proposes:
Fire department- Loss of 105 positions-
Police department- Loss of 22 positions-
Budget for city street repairs and improvements slashed $5-million-
The spring leaf and brush pickup would be eliminated.
Things Schulte wouldn't cut:
The $2-million annual subsidy to the Truman Sports Complex-
A quarter of a million dollars for proposed police overtime for the All Star baseball game.
Rate and tax increases Schulte proposes:
Water and sewer rates-
A 2-percent utility tax on electrical, telephone and gas bills.
Note too that there is NO mention in this letter about cutting corporate welfare- tax incentives- TIFs- what ever names are given to it.
Government budget thinking is getting more and more bizarre by the day- the (Republicrat) governor of Kansas wants to raise taxes on the poor and cut taxes on the rich- and Missouri's (Demoblican) governor wants to slash education by $90-million.
However like here in Kansas City- there is NO talk of slashing corporate welfare (i.e. tax breaks- etc).
Americans apparently will stand for nothing and fall for anything come election time too- and elect or re-elect these two parties of "The 1-percent."