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Majority Caucus issues statement on Budget Reconciliation plan from Mayor Fischer

Friday February 10, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

The Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council has issued the following statement in regard to the Budget Reconciliation plan presented by Mayor Greg Fischer on Friday:

“This demonstrates how effective we can be working together. The Mayor’s plan is measured and has the full support of the council. "

Councilman Jim King (D-10), President of the Louisville Metro Council

“I am pleased that the Mayor took a practical approach by not cutting services and there are no layoffs. By asking the Council for ideas and participation, it shows that we are all in this together.”

Councilwoman Madonna Flood, District 24, Majority Leader

“I applaud the Mayor for his willingness to listen to the Council and include us in solving this situation. I welcome the news of no cuts in services and no layoffs. I believe this lays the ground work for handling any future budget concerns.”

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, District 2 Vice- Chair Majority Caucus

“I am happy that the Mayor was able to close the gap with the budget without layoffs or cuts in service to the residents. Closing the deal with Insight was very timely to assist with our budgetary problems. As with last year’s budget, the Metro Council is a willing partner in crafting a fiscally sound and balanced budget as we move this government forward.”

Councilwoman Marianne Butler, District 15 Chair, Metro Council Budget Committee

"I appreciate Mayor Fischer's budget shortfall plan. I'm particularly excited about the funds resulting from resolving the Insight franchise agreement and the substantial investment Time Warner is making in our community and I look forward to a long partnership."

Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, District 9

“I am relieved that the Mayor has not gone the route of cutting services in Metro Government to handle this deficit. His approach has been to see what can be reduced while listening to Council suggestions to keep government running without drastic measures. I welcome that approach.

Councilman Dan Johnson, District 21

“As this economy slowly improves, I am glad to see this spirit of cooperation between the Mayor and the Metro Council in making tough choices to preserve services while dealing with realistic budget issues.”

Councilman David Yates, District 25

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