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Metro Council Democrats React To Fischer Budget

May 27th, 2011 by jake · 5 Comments

Here’s what the Democratic members of Metro Council had to say about Greg Fischer’s budget yesterday (saved this for today so it wouldn’t get lost in the fluff).

Notice that Miss Judy is – once again – refusing to have anything to do with her colleagues and has not released a statement. Maybe she can call me racist again for daring question her as countless others before me have done.

  • “The Metro Council and the Mayor share the same goal of moving Louisville forward in these challenging times. I appreciate the new spirit of cooperation the administration has shown in this process by including the Council in discussions about what can be achieved with the limited resources we have available. The city still has a “structural problem” with its budget, meaning fixed costs such as salaries, pensions and health insurance continue to rise faster than revenue. We are solving the problem for one year, it keeps government operations going but we must take a good hard look at the future. We share that concern with the Mayor. In the coming month, the members of the Budget Committee will begin their review and will work hard to ensure the most effective use of tax dollars to provide services and investment. –President Jim King, District 10
  • “Metro Louisville is not facing the dire financial problems of other cities but we are not exempt from the effects of a slow recovery. My priority is to maintain public safety with the tax dollars we have available. I looking forward to working with the Fischer Administration and I plan a thorough review of not only our needs for this year but in future years. There are some tough choices ahead. I appreciate the spirit of cooperation the Mayor has shown to the Metro Council in trying to solve these concerns.” –Councilwoman Madonna Flood District 24, Majority Leader
  • “I am relieved there will be no massive layoffs of city employees. We have very dedicated people who work for Metro Government and they have been struggling like everyone else in this sluggish economy. I look forward to learning more about the Mayor’s plan as my colleagues begin their review.” –Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, District 2 Vice Chair Majority Caucus
  • “The Mayor and his team have put together a well rounded budget for the Metro Council to review. I look forward to hearing from the administration and the various departments as we move forward in the budget process.” –Councilwoman Marianne Butler, District 15 Budget Committee Chair

Read the rest after the jump…

  • “The Mayor’s approach to this budget is positive and refreshing given the economic challenges we are facing. It is also realistic. I look forward to learning more about the details, especially in the area of economic development and continuing services to the people we serve.” –Councilman David Tandy, District 4
  • “I am pleased to see the Mayor follow through on his promise of an improved community wide alert system. Public safety is a top priority for all of us on the Metro Council. I see the Mayor’s plan also maintains his goals of job creation and strong economic development. I look forward to learning more about it.” –Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, District 5
  • “I’m pleased that Mayor Fischer is committed to ensuring public safety remains a top priority for Metro Government. I also applaud the employees of Metro Government who have graciously accepted furloughs instead of allowing layoffs of fellow employees. Mayor Fischer has involved Metro Council members in the process of creating this budget in an unprecedented fashion which shows there is a new day and a fresh approach toward governing. As a budget committee member, I look forward to the open discussion with the administration on how to improve the quality of life in Louisville.” –Councilman David James, District 6
  • “Our government like our household can only benefit from a thorough annual review of income and expenditures. It’s the city’s chance to ask what do we need to be doing and why.” –Councilman Tom Owen, District 8
  • “I appreciate and respect Mayor Fischer’s honesty and candor in describing both where we are and his balanced road map for moving us forward. From announcing new Directors of Innovation, Globalization and Sustainability, to his tough mandates for furloughs for higher salaried employees while calling on all the rest of us, no exceptions, to take voluntary furlough days, to reopening the public libraries on Sundays, I am confident this new beginning has the promise for a vibrant future for Louisville. “ –Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, District 9
  • “The building of a new Southwest Regional Library has been a top priority for many of us on the Metro Council and I am encouraged to see Mayor Fisher join us in moving forward with that goal. The Mayor’s plan to reopen our libraries on Sundays shows his commitment to improving education for everyone in Metro Louisville which is a commitment I also share.” –Councilman Rick Blackwell, District 12
  • “I am most appreciative of the Mayor’s commitment to the Library initiatives with finishing touches for the new Fairdale Library and the construction of the SW Regional Library as well as returning to Sunday hours in all libraries. Libraries have become hubs for computer access for those who do not own computers. Many are using them for job searches and writing resume’s in pursuit of employment.” –Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch, District 13
  • “Without a doubt, I am pleased with the Mayor’s effort for the new Southwest Regional Library. It is long overdue for us out here in Valley Station and th surrounding area. It seems the Mayor is also listening to what the public is saying about government. He appears to have come up with a realistic approach to providing services given these tough economic times.” –Councilman Bob Henderson, District 14
  • “I applaud the Mayor’ realistic approach to this budget and I look forward to learning more and working with the administration.” –Councilman Dan Johnson, District 21
  • “Shared sacrifice is not always easy but necessary if we plan to provide the services our people expect. I am also pleased with this investment in education by reopening libraries on Sundays and especially moving forward with the Southwest Regional library which will be a jewel in the south end of Louisville. “ –Councilman David Yates, District 25

If the Republicans decide to release statements, I’ll publish them, as well.

Note: We publish statements like this so they don’t get gummed up in the works of some boring story no one wants to read. Not an attempt to dumb anything down. Just an attempt to keep things simple and easily digestible.

Tags: Democrats · Greg Fischer · Metro Council · Metro Government

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Laurie Spezzano // May 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I understand people are happy to get some money devoted to needs in the South end, but what about Metro Animal Services, which impacts the whole community and is a public disgrace right now? The management problems might be fixable, but until we do something about the Manslick Rd. facility, we can not have a high quality operation. That building was long ago declared unfit for human or animal habitation, it makes animals sick and is not a safe place to perform surgery. There were plans announced years ago to replace it, and now is the time to dedicate some of the budget to that purpose. How can we ask the people and animals to continue to suffer in that environment?

  • 2 jake // May 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Laurie: How can we ask it? Because Greg doesn’t want to deal with it.

    When he doesn’t want to deal with something, he blows it off or hands the problem to someone else who has no experience dealing with it.

    This new management contract will likely turn into a giant flustercuck regardless of who wins it.

  • 3 Laurie Spezzano // May 28, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I agree, Jake. I am not crazy about privatizing government functions. Maybe all of us who are so passionate about the situation can at least agree to work together on one thing – to get Animal Services out of that facility. Maybe someone can put together a modified plan and the different groups can really push to at least fund that part of it. I don’t even live in the Metro, but I do care about it very much.

  • 4 adhra2001 // May 31, 2011 at 7:01 am

    The fact that there is zero dollars in his budget for LMAS tells us all that he has no plan or desire to fix the problems…. And with KHS dropping out of the mess due to the facility being the only thing available at this time tells me that govt will have a hard time actually giving it over to a private concern to run… MAYBE if they would just give MAS a strong leader things could be fixed from within…. and maybe some money would be nice as well….But as usual, it is all just talk and lip service to a major problem in Lou………

  • 5 jake // May 31, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Really? You thought Greg had a clue?

    When he can’t handle something, he drops responsibility and throws it all on someone else. Kinda like his failed U.S. Senate bid – when that started sucking, he started blaming his staffers like Kim Geveden and Nicole Candler (who, for whatever reason, fell back in love with him during the mayoral race). That’s how he operates.

    It must be tough for him to know the city realizes the few good things happening aren’t being done by him – but by his financiers and handlers.

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