Political Analyst Steve Hood joined Charlie with a preview of Mayor Dave Bing’s State Of The City address and a look back on his 2011 speech. What did Bing discuss and how has he done? He discussed a number of initiatives and said, unfortunately, Bing has not delivered on many.
Last year, Bing promised to run city operations more like a business, servicing customers and utilizing resources. Today, looking back, millions of federal dollars have been wasted in a number of departments including the health department. Money was pulled away from the home weatherization program because the funds weren’t used. The community development block grant funds have accumulated to $70 million and the federal government is threatening to pull them away. Plus he’s had huge staff turnover, which is also not indicative of running government like a successful business.
Bing talked about getting crime under control — but serious crime is now out of control to the point of potentially being a state of emergency. Police were supposed to be moving into the city using HUD grants but that hasn’t happened.
Twenty million was awarded to the city to tear down abandoned houses, but that money has not been spent and the city is littered with homes that are abandoned, falling apart, crime-ridden and massive fire hazards.
Bing talked about getting the city’s deficits under control but the city today is in danger of running out of money and not being able to pay its bills.
Steve Hood wonders how this speech and his words can be trusted when his record is so terrible. Can you believe in Bing? Listen to the interview and decide for yourself.
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