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Saving Our CitiesA Progressive Plan to Transform Urban America$
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William W. Goldsmith

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704314

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704314.001.0001

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Cities as Budget-Cutting Targets

Cities as Budget-Cutting Targets

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Saving Our Cities

William W. Goldsmith

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how presidents and governors, legislators, and top administrative officials enacted changes when pushed steadily by organized business executives to increase austerity over the past forty years. They loosened market regulations, weakened social protections, and wrote laws and cut budgets in many areas, from patent protection to immigration labor regulations to urban transit. Austerity policies then grew into a broad national assault on budgets for public services, with spending cuts and privatizations in health care, public schools, public spaces, housing, transit, the arts, and various other municipal functions. To a great extent, these policies focused on cities. As city populations declined, tax collections dropped and budgets were further cut.

Keywords:   austerity, market regulations, budget cuts, austerity policies, public services, spending cuts, privatizations

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