What to look for in Friday’s budget proposal discussions

Tomorrow the Council wraps up its first round of deliberations on Council members’ proposals for changes to the 2020 budget. It’s a long agenda, with 77 items touching human services, homelessness, transportation and the police, so expect some tough discussions. Here are some topics to look out for.

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What to look for in tomorrow’s budget meeting

Tomorrow the Council’s budget deliberations get real. They are done talking about issues in the abstract, and from now until the budget is approved they will instead be discussing concrete proposals to change the Mayor’s proposed budget.

The first 60 or so proposals (officially “Form B’s,” formerly known as “green sheets”) are on the agenda for tomorrow, with more to follow on Thursday and Friday.

Given the lack of funds to pay for additional spending, the vast majority of items will get a quick pitch from their sponsor and the Council will move on. However, here are some items on the agenda that may get more substantial discussion.

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