MAYOR EMANUEL GIVES BUDGET ADDRESS FOCUSED ON
BRIDGING DIVIDES AND UNITING THE CITY
Considering the very local and national conversation this country is having regarding quality of life, addressing the lingering racial divides, issues of inequality, political and community leadership, Mayor Emanuel’s annual budget address took a more pensive tone than in recent years. Instead of focusing on pension deficits and plugging budget holes resulting from years of kicking the financial can down the road, the Mayor focused on the importance of mentoring young people, providing first jobs and job training, and how critical it is to develop every community, not just those in or near the central business district. With the immediate needs of pensions behind him (due to the recently passed water tax increase for the Municipal Employees Pension Fund, the increase in property taxes for Police and Fire and the increased 911 surcharge for the city’s Laborers) he could focus the budget address on his goals for rebuilding communities.