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Inside Chicago's Shadow Budgetnew

The Daley administration commands an off-the-books kitty of taxpayer money equivalent to a sixth of the official city budget. Now we've got documents that show what they want to do with it.
Chicago Reader  |  Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke  |  11-02-2009  |  Politics

The Forecast for Colorado Springs' Parks and Recreation Looks Bleak at Bestnew

Green to gray: To meet its portion of the projected city-wide reductions for next year, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department could lose up to 75 percent, or about $9 million, of its general-fund budget.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  J. Adrian Stanley  |  09-17-2009  |  Economy

Budget Impasse Threatens Philly's Iconic Mural Arts Programnew

The city's tightening belt has already trickled down to MAP -- which has spent recent decades making Philadelphia the "mural capital of the world" -- and the doomsday budget proposed by Mayor Nutter could bring even more pain.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Tara Moore  |  09-14-2009  |  Art

Does Seattle Have Too Many 'Advisors'?new

They've grown in number under Mayor Greg Nickels, and that's become a campaign issue -- even outside the mayor's race.
Seattle Weekly  |  Laura Onstot  |  08-17-2009  |  Politics

Orlando City Commissioners Get an Open Line of Credit ... Taxpayers Get the Billnew

If you had a $30,000 annual slush fund courtesy of someone else, what would you do? If you were Orlando city commissioner Daisy Lynum, you'd travel. A lot.
Orlando Weekly  |  Jeffrey C. Billman and Billy Manes  |  07-30-2009  |  Economy

Horse Race: Portland City Bureaus Jockey for Money Amid a Grim Budget Forecastnew

City agencies in Portland must make even deeper cuts than expected, city commissioners say. In some cases, that means bureaus will be slashing more than 5 percent from their budgets for the next fiscal year.
Willamette Week  |  Beth Slovic  |  01-21-2009  |  Policy Issues

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