My little town is having a bit of a budget crunch. It might perhaps be related to the intense dislike for business activity depressing the taxable income, but that’s another tale. One of the effects of this is that the school system is perpetually on the edge of bankruptcy. There’s talk of laying off some teachers this next school year.
At the same time, of course, the city council has been looking at building a light rail system in downtown (which consists of what, 10 or 20 city blocks total? For which there is little parking? And few businesses?). People seem to think businesses suffer from fad chasing, but it seems to be general human trait to want to spruce up rather than fix. On the other hand, I wonder if there are more voters who’d like to have someone else pay for their commute than have children.