“IT IS OUR GOVERNMENT; WE SHOULD KNOW HOW IT MAKES DECISIONS.”
“IT IS OUR MONEY; WE OUGHT TO KNOW HOW OUR GOVERNMENT SPENDS IT.”
Only after serving as your councilmember from 2010 until 2012, did I realize how little our citizens know about how money and politics interact in the town and how our government really makes its decisions. It is my hope that this blog will fill in the gap and initiate a process of reform.
The idea behind the blog is very simple. We will present well-researched, fact-based articles about important Town Council decisions that affect, (1) the size of potential or actual expenditures, (2) our politics, and (3) our quality of life.
For instance, our first article about the Shared-Parking policy, presents a fascinating picture of how businesses who were supposed to pay 60% of a $7-$10 million public garage, would end up paying, at best, 20%. One of the questions it answers is, “How did this happen?”
Each article, like this one, will be divided into two different posts. The first post will provide the full article. The second posts will provide a short summary and ask a few questions for moving forward.
I plan to write the first few articles in order to set the style and tone. However, I hope that many others will join me in this worthy endeavor over time. I have been a consultant in Public Policy for almost 35 years. I graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in 1967, obtained an MS in Civil Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1969, and was enrolled in the PhD program in Public Policy at CMU between 1970 and 1973.