City Quick Hits
- The City Council agreed Wednesday to dramatically expand Chicago’s Big Brother reach — with surveillance cameras on street sweepers and a revolutionary hook-up that adds private-sector cameras to the city’s vast video network.
And how about this?
Motorists with just two delinquent parking or red-light tickets would face the dreaded Denver boot, under a revenue-generating plan introduced by Mayor Daley Wednesday that infuriated Chicago aldermen.
Under the mayor's proposal, 208,273 vehicles would currently be eligible for the boot.
Struggling to close a $400 million budget gap, Mayor Daley on Wednesday nixed non-union pay raises, offered cash buy-outs to entice resignations and took the unprecedented step of postponing the city’s preliminary 2009 budget until Sept. 30.
Like the mayor’s mandatory furlough plan for non-union employees, the new cuts turn up the heat on union leaders to agree to similar concessions.
Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue was asked whether rank-and-file police officers still waiting for a new contract would be willing to take a pay cut or unpaid days off.
"If the city can convince my members of the dire necessity of such a move, the membership would be willing to listen," Donahue said. "They’d be willing to consider anything the city can convince them is necessary."
Poor Daley. Evidently he never studied Econ 101. Continue to raise taxes, impose fees and make it difficult to afford to live here, people will shop elsewhere, be more careful about incurring fines and finally, move out of the City. Cut taxes, pare down government and cut wasteful programs and spending and people (and businesses) will flock to the City and your tax cuts produce more revenue. It's called a Laffer Curve and it is proven to work.
In the meantime, Detroit looks across the lake and sees it's past in Chicago's near future.
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