A plan in the works to save money in Concord, Massachusetts. Residents can keep their lights on, but they’ll have to pay a monthly fee. It’s become a hot topic in the town of 17,000. David Ropeik: “Government can’t afford now the basic kinds of things that we thought government basically did.”
It’s no wonder lights are going out across the US as the latest US job figures shows an increase in Unemployment Insurance claims. Foreclosures are still happening at record pace. Yes, there was a slight increase in home sales but that was due to stimulus fiat money being thrown around to encourage home buying. Now that funding has dried up, there is a steep decline in home purchases across the US. It is so bad that some regions in the US have seen their home values drop as much as 40%.
Indeed, state funding and budgets have gotten so bad in Massachusetts that one town is being forced to turn lights off during the night to cut down on electricity and subsequent costs.
(NECN: Scot Yount, Concord, Mass.) – A plan in the works to save money in Concord, Massachusetts. Residents can keep their lights on, but they’ll have to pay a monthly fee. It’s become a hot topic in the town of 17,000.
David Ropeik: “Government can’t afford now the basic kinds of things that we thought government basically did.”
In historic Concord, Massachusetts-the lights, are going out.
David Ropeik: “It is pretty strange, we got the reverse 911 call that is usually there if a burglar loose in your neighborhood that says we are taking down your infrastructure.”
In fact, the town is taking down hundreds of street lights mostly in residential neighborhoods to save money on electricity. David Ropeik says the light is barely bright enough to walk his dogs as it is.
Thrown in there is the oil spill in the Gulf where millions of jobs will and are affected. All that BP funny money that’s being thrown around is temporary and is actually Obama using public taxpayer money to shelter BP from bankruptcy. Why else has Obama so silent on the topic until public outcry spilled over onto the major airwaves? Also add to the mix is that the US is borrowing about $2.63 million per minute.
MCP from Fort Lauderdale wrote in about the state of Broward County, Florida:
I can’t speak to what happened in all localities, but I can tell you where the education ‘stimulus’ money went in Broward County Public Schools – following 500 teacher layoffs, the county subsequently went and hired back a similar number for 2-year ‘supplementary’ positions – not to teach children, mind you – but to work for the county, visiting classrooms and creating nonsensical reports on compliance with No Child Left Behind. Fake, unnecessary jobs! The amount of money spent on pay and benefits for people who have literally nothing to do with the education of a child is a disgrace.
With no employment growth, continued poor housing numbers, and the stimulus that the government gave to municipalities in order to help with their budgets (but were used to fund their union workers and protect them from layoffs) has inevitably run out. Now, these entities, municipalities and cities with great shortfalls in their tax collections will have to start cutting civil service workers. There’s probably nobody out there now who thinks there will be a magic recovery this year and nobody knows that the layoffs will increase as the year progresses. Will there be losses of 250,000 or will it be 500,000 or will it be more? Whatever the number it will be bad news throwing the economy and peoples’ moods into a deeper depression.