Councilmembers look to state to help with rising costs: "Councilmembers look to state to help with rising costsThe presentation from the budget office was solid. I've got it on tape. I would like to get it on the web or this blog.
A year into its fiscal recovery effort, the city of Pittsburgh has made some substantial cuts, but it is still in a tightening fiscal vice of high debt and rising pension and health insurance costs, City Council members said yesterday.
Council spent its first meeting on a proposed 2006 budget throwing itself on the mercy of the commonwealth and criticizing the state-appointed recovery team created under Act 47 for not dealing with major issues.
'The Act 47 plan stinks,' said Councilman Luke Ravenstahl. 'We're no better off than we were before.'
He said council and Mayor-elect Bob O'Connor should lobby Harrisburg for help."
Thursday, December 01, 2005
My approach = Self Reliance: Theirs = Councilmembers look to state to help with rising costs
I agree Act 47 stinks. I don't agree about what needs to be done to fix the overall problems. To fix Pittsburgh, once and for all, we need to have a new attitude of self-reliance. And, voters, it includes you. Fellow reformers, self-reliance and teamwork requires you too!