Budget Cuts: Detroit and Baltimore Brace for Impact of Severe Deficits

Friday, April 09, 2010

Across the country, dozens of cities are facing serious budget deficits, that are requiring officials to cut everything from swimming pools to firehouses. We're taking a closer look at two of those cities: Detroit and Baltimore. In Detroit, residents are worried that a shortfall of around $450 million may actually force the city to file for bankruptcy. Jerome Vaughn, news director at WDET joins us.

But residents of the troubled city don't appear to be giving up. James Melton of Detroit told us:

I don't even want to know what the value of my home has become over the last few years. I was unemployed for eleven months. But I look at the future, and I don't feel a lot of dread. There are just so many points of light. You just can't give up on this town.

Meanwhile, in Baltimore, hundreds of residents rallied this week to protest budget cuts that may affect everything from the City Hall vegetable garden to the police force. Marc Steiner, who hosts the Marc Steiner show on WEAA has been soliciting advice from his listeners on Facebook, on how to fix the budget problem. He shares what people are saying.

Guests:

Marc Steiner and Jerome Vaughn

Produced by:

Noel King

Comments [3]

Michael Delaney from Norman, Oklahoma

Hello,
I live in Norman Oklahoma. We have a large population of City employees - far exceeding the needs of our college campus based city and population. We have police driving brand new Chargers, Mustangs, and SUVs. Each officer and many employees take home a City vehicle. This is an excessive use of funds and would be halted if I were mayor. If you are getting pulled over doing 4 miles over the limit on a country road in the middle of nowhere you have cops with nothing to do. I would cut the force and the vehicle types and numbers Norman City planning also makes it as difficult as possible to make business easy to start in city limits. Instead of logically and reasonably working to get small businesses started and raising revenue they do everything they can to put up road blocks. We are also taxed and fee'ed at one of the highest levels in America at the State, County, and City level and we are a rural community that just so happens to have somewhat of a reasonably ok university. There vision is as myopic as it could be. They waste money on grand ideas for renovation and they all fizzle into a waste of taxpayer funds. Our biggest problem is my co-voters vote for ignorant self aggrandizing politicians and not in charging enough fees and taxes to maintain the city, county, state!!!

Apr. 09 2010 10:17 AM
Phil Crimaldi from Denver, CO

1. Stop outsourcing pavement and roadway work to general/sub contractors.

2. Extra fines for repeat offenders of traffic violations.

3. Cut parking tickets / parking meter revenue in hopes to produce bigger spending in areas that have high foot traffic. Create neighborhoods

4. City can open distillery / brewery for profit.

5. City workers and staff to host public hour and coffee shops weekly to hear other similar ideas.

6. Taxes on medical marijuana ASAP

Apr. 09 2010 08:07 AM
samuel fuchs from Brooklyn, Ny

you know how i would solve the budget problems??? well the budget cuts i would make are to the schools... why you might ask i would do this? well because sixty years ago when the budget was a lot smaller for schools education in america was average. today the education in america has some of the lowest standards in the world... this started only when more money was given to the DOE. the money stays at the top and doesnt go down to the student level... greed is created... and when there is greed then the quality of work is ruined... also with budget cuts i would enforce the deportation of illegal aliens... why? well because the benefits they use, and they use more than lower class american citizens, come from no other but yes, our taxes... i don't wanna pay for illegals. these two points would save money and allow budget cuts to be smaller or cease to exist in general.

Apr. 09 2010 06:28 AM

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