Our Mayor is making his case for reelection via direct mail. Thanks to Matt Hogue we all get the scoop.
Here is what is being given top billing at this time:
Restoring Pittsburgh's Financial Health
I have moved the city from the brink of bankruptcy to three balanced budgets, no new debt and nearly $100 million added to the city's savings account.
If the city was on the brink of bankruptcy, it must have been very difficult to get it where it is today. Assuming that today is much less brinky.
Otherwise, someone would have done whatever it was beforehand, right? So what did he do that was so special? I know he submitted balanced yearly budgets, but the state oversight boards require balanced budgets. The true feat of strength may have been not allowing chaos to reign in the streets given our limited financial resources. Who cares if the streets themselves are like garbage.
But what did he do to get us from Point A to Point B? And again, where is this alleged "Point B"? Are balanced paper budgets showing a $100 million "surplus" in these years going to be good enough?
Given that our annual debt and pension payments are definitely going to skyrocket in the very near future, putting even more pressure on the city's operating budget (parking garage sales or no parking garage sales) are we doing things as well as we should be? Has Mayor Steelershizzle made any difficult choices to help us do any better?
That is a story I'd like to hear.
Image cap: Michael J. LeBrecht II (SI)