The Benefits of Budget Shortfalls
Budget cuts are starting to force governments to get out of spheres they never should have been in in the first place. I think there's a lot we can do to keep the trend growing and to ground it in morality and rights, not just on temporary budget distress.
The NY Times reports on some of the cuts around the country:
Plenty of businesses and governments furloughed workers this year, but Hawaii went further — it furloughed its schoolchildren. Public schools across the state closed on 17 Fridays during the past school year to save money, giving students the shortest academic year in the nation and sending working parents scrambling to find care for them.
Many transit systems have cut service to make ends meet, but Clayton County, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, decided to cut all the way, and shut down its entire public bus system. Its last buses ran on March 31, stranding 8,400 daily riders. ...