A few quotes from the City Manager's FY09 Budget Message:
Through all of this work, I have maintained that we are in a competition for our lives and we must stay competitive as we seek to attract residents, businesses and visitors.
And what do you think the first thing is that businesses and new residents ask about? The schools!
(on state aid being down this year) This stark reality only reinforces that we must look inward to address our financial challenges. We must continue to chart our own path if we are to stay on a path of progress.
All of which means IT'S UP TO US!
The State isn't going to rescue us.
The Fed isn't going to rescue us.
Worcester has to do it for itself!
If we are going to fund our schools, we have to do it ourselves!