Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker presents fiscally responsible budget

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  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    May 7, 2014 1:22 p.m.

    Re: "Your distain for science and public investment is quite concerning."

    Oh, don't be concerned. I have no disdain for science. I reserve my disdain for those that try to pervert science, using it as a hustle to sell their snake oil. Like when climate "scientists" fail to confirm their wild hypotheses to any reasonable confidence level, or using anything recognizable as the scientific method, but try to sell pet political conclusions, anyway, using what amounts to a popularity poll to unfairly support the unsupportable and to cow those asking for actual data or analysis.

    I'm also somewhat disdainful of propagandists that feel they can fool people by using misleading liberal newspeak to hide the truth. Like calling grinding overtaxation "public investment."

  • Nightshades WVC, UT
    May 7, 2014 1:21 p.m.

    @2 bits, I think you have your history wrong my friend The first message was sent over the ARPANET from computer science Professor Leonard Kleinrock's laboratory at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to the second network node at Stanford Research Institute (SRI).

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 7, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    I don't see how you got a disdain for science or technology from procuradorfiscal's comment.

    Re: " you may want to live by your beliefs and stop utilizing modern technology, i.e. computers, internet, etc because it was scientists who brought us these wonderful inventions."...

    It was the Department of Army that developed the original Internet (some of them were scientists I guess). The same dang military industrial complex the Left hates. Later it was made usable and accessible by the masses by private industry. So both contributed to it. Same goes for Computers...

  • mcdugall Murray, UT
    May 7, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    @procuradorfiscal - Your distain for science and public investment is quite concerning. If you conviction against scientific evidence and research is so strong, you may want to live by your beliefs and stop utilizing modern technology, i.e. computers, internet, etc because it was scientists who brought us these wonderful inventions.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 7, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    I noticed they were VERY careful on the wording. They put "Fiscally RESPONSIBLE budget", not "Fiscally Conservative budget" in the headline.

    I think it would be excellent for a Democrat Mayor to get credit for submitting a Fiscally CONSERVATIVE Budget. It would show that we're not that far apart, and Democrats can conserve and live within their means, and you CAN get fiscal responsibility from either party (and irresponsible behavior from either party).

    Any budget that fills the community's needs AND lives within the Government's needs (not putting the people in debt)... is something that should be praised IMO... regardless of the party that did it...

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    May 7, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    Re: "To look for ways to maximize economic opportunities, Becker has asked State Auditor John Dougall to work with him . . . ."

    In other words, find ways to squeeze more tax money out of us.

    If the mayor genuinely wanted to increase revenues, he'd remove liberal impediments to business growth, stop all the carbon footprint nonsense, and make downtown more friendly to real people, who might drive there to engage in commerce, but who'll never utilize the dangerous, inconvenient, overly expensive collectivized transport liberals have anointed as the hallmark their brave, new dark-age world.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    May 7, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    Unlike most liberal-leaning publications and liberals in general, the typically conservative Des news and mostly republican population of our state can acknowledge something good happening, even when it crosses party lines.

    Ralph Becker is learning a thing or two about fiscal responsibility, and I applaud him for it

  • slcdenizen Murray, UT
    May 7, 2014 7:00 a.m.

    Mayor Becker is governing the way Republicans claim to legislate. It's become a truism in politics that the fewer things one claims to value, the more likely those same things end up being the most negotiable. Budgetary obligations are only revisable when a Democrat is in office. The nat'l debt only burdens society when a Dem is in office. If something is true, then it doesn't matter who holds the office. The tea party has been less of an experiment in returning to a smaller government and more of an attempt at redemption by Republicans who couldn't be bothered with scrutinizing government when their team was on the field. On the other hand, Dems need to take the opportunity to spotlight their better candidates for higher office. Fiscal responsibility and long-term sustainability should be among the highest priorities, in both expansionary and recessionary years.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2014 6:16 a.m.

    Maybe if the city didn't make a huge push for low income housing that would help their tax revenue shortfall. If the city made an effort to remove drug homes, peoples dogs taking care of their business on residential lawns with no clean up from the owner, or peoples yards used by customers of surrounding businesses to dump their drinks and leave their trash. Then you might have a draw of decent people that maintain their homes and pay higher taxes. But, why live there if the city caters to everyone else but the working class?