Tom Menino on Budget & Economy



Don't go back to trickle-down philosophies

Up in Boston, we have a plaque that says: "Paul Revere started a ride, which in a way has never ended." That's true about our country, too. In every generation, the American people have taken up that ride, pushing the US forward. We've never gone back. So today we have a clear choice to make. Will we move forward together? Or will we go back to the trickle-down philosophies that Mitt Romney believes in? The choice is clear--it's time to keep moving forward.
Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech , Sep 5, 2012

Boston is seeing progress because of Recovery Act dollars

In Boston--like many cities around this country--we're seeing progress all around us today. In large part, it's because this president and this administration gave ordinary people a leg up: construction jobs supported by Recovery Act dollars; better schools pushed by the president's education reforms; growing hospitals and health centers; and booming life science companies born from national research support. So today, we stand with President Obama and his plan to lead us forward.
Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech , Sep 5, 2012

One-year wage freeze for city workers, so no service cuts

$140 million means cuts to core services. It means cuts in jobs. We are talking about real pain for working families, and I don't want that. We've had the foresight to prepare for the bad times, even when it was deeply unpopular. That's why we were able to refinance debt and cut costs by more than $30 million. I will not stop seeking efficiencies and streamlining operations. I will not stop fighting for legislation that gives cities the additional tools we need to manage through this crisis and beyond, and I will focus our resources on our shared priorities: public safety, public education, and economic opportunity for everyone. We cannot tighten our belts out of this situation--no matter how no matter how much we prioritize, legislate, and consolidate We need courage and urgent action. Tonight, I am asking municipal union leaders to partner with me on behalf of working men and women. If we can agree to a one-year wage freeze, then I can protect core services for residents and preserve jobs.
Source: 2009 State of the City Address , Jan 13, 2009

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