The economic stimulus package, at least where Minnesota cities are concerned, may have a short shelf life.
President Obama met with the nation’s governors today at the White House (Gov. Pawlenty was among them) and said this:
“Because of what we did together, this plan will save or create at least 3.5 million jobs in every state across the country. It will keep your police officers on the beat, your firefighters on the job, your teachers in the classroom.”
Meanwhile, today in Minneapolis, Mayor R.T. Rybak announced plans to close a gap in the city budget from state budget cuts. He said more than 100 cops and three dozen firefighters could be eliminated in 2010.
That would be more than 10 percent of the police force.