JOEL ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

At $12 billion, San Francisco’s budget is out of control. It has doubled the past decade — and nothing is twice as good. Philadelphia has similar city and county responsibilities as San Francisco. Yet Philadelphia serves two times the population on a lower budget. San Francisco has more than 30,000 city employees, one for every 28 residents. Our unfunded liability to provide healthcare for all those employees is in the billions of dollars. City Hall needs to spend less and save more for down times. We must investigate how our money is being spent, measure programs for results and only pay for what works. Your home is not City Hall’s ATM.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY ESSAYS

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