June 5, 2007

Open letter to Lawrence City Commission on human services budget cuts

Projecting falling sales tax revenues, the City Manager has informed many human services and other public agencies (including the library) that 6% cuts are forthcoming. These cuts are potentially devastating. But they may not be needed at all. Grassroots Action investigated the City Manager’s projections, and find them to be seriously inadequate. They appear to be: radically incomplete; substantively unreliable; methodologically unreliable; and a weak foundation for policy. UNTIL WE HAVE MUCH BETTER DATA, WE CALL UPON THE CITY COMMISSION TO REFRAIN FROM CUTTING NEEDED SERVICES — AND WE INVITE OTHERS TO JOIN US IN THIS CALL.

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