The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2017 budget, which contains a new 7-cent fee on disposable bags and the installation of hundreds of parking meters.A town that voted 84% for Hillary Clinton can do better at the City Council level. Strength through unity or else.... in Chicago.
The 48-0 vote indicates that aldermen were behind the mayor's proposal to hire hundreds more cops and the heavy lifting already had been done. In September, the council voted 40-10 to approve Emanuel's new tax on city water and sewer service that will top 30 percent once it's fully phased in after four years. The $239 million it is expected to raise will be used to help increase contributions to the city's pension funds for municipal workers.
On Wednesday, Emanuel tried to placed the strong approval in the context of the past several years, saying "I'm proud of the work we've done, it wasn't always as easy as the vote that just happened."
The mayor commended the aldermen for their support of his budget and their past votes to raise taxes to stabilize the city's finances and fund government employee pensions.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The Chicago Tribune reports:
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