RI's Cities and Towns Caught in the Middle

Mayors of several of RI's largest communities met with Governor Carcieri last week just before the Thanksgiving break. Subject: open a dialogue on what to do about the financial situation affecting both the state and municipalities. Of course there are no easy answers, and mayors and town managers are looking at a loss of another quarterly car tax reimbursement not coming their way from the state. As reported, the mayors requested action on costly mandates imposed by the state and a repeal of the costly Carulo school financing law, although the General Assembly remains deaf to their pleas on both these issues so far. As for the Governor, he's on record stating that cities and towns have not reduced their expenditures enough to deal with the crisis. Not that the state has done a much better job.

Do you agree with the Governor's contention that RI's cities and towns have not taken the actions needed to reduce their dependency on state aid? Having to deal with police and fire unions that the state does not, is there that much more they can do to reduce their spending?