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Mayor Stanley Least Of Flint’s Problems…The following are excerpts from a column published on Friday, December 14, 2001, with the above title by Bill Johnson, editorial writer for the Detroit News. ” Those seeking ( Mayor Stanley’s ) ouster are waging this campaign for all the wrong reasons. Flint’s worsening condition can hardly be laid at the feet of one person” ” Working with the State Treasurer’s Office, Mayor Stanley was able to craft an arrangement to wipe out the million deficit over five years. He’s also taken a 15,000 pay cut”.” The budget shortfall was caused in part by the slowing of the national economy. Locally, the Mayor had to deal with an 11-percent drop in income tax and property tax revenue last year.””Hard times for Flint are not new. The city’s population dropped 11.2 percent during the last census to 124,943. Decline in the auto industry drives these numbers. For more than half a century, Flint was a booming automotive citadel. As recently as 1970. the city had nearly 70,000 auto workers. Today it has less than 30,000.” ” This year alone, General Motors Corp’s Buick City Assembly Center and Flint V-8 Engine Plants closed. Buick City’s demise helped make Flint’s 8-percent jobless rate one of the highest among Michigan’s major labor markets. So a lot of what Mayor Stanley is dealing with -stifling collective bargaining mandates, unforeseen job losses and a weak national economy -are beyond his ability to control.”…The history and motives behind the primary backers of the recall seem questionable .. According to published reports , Raymond Bridges spent more than 10 years in prison for selling cocaine and heroin while a Genesee County jail guard. James E. Thomason was arrested twice for not paying child support, Matt Taylor, a former city councilman and longtime Stanley critic pleaded no contest for filing a false police report claiming his car was stolen” Put in Perspective , Mayor …is the least of Flint’s problems”.{VOTE NO RECALL, MARCH 5, 2002},Mayor Stanley Least Of Flint’s Problems…The following are excerpts from a column published on Friday, December 14, 2001, with the above title by Bill Johnson, editorial writer for the Detroit News. ” Those seeking ( Mayor Stanley’s ) ouster are waging this campaign for all the wrong reasons. Flint’s worsening condition can hardly be laid at the feet of one person” ” Working with the State Treasurer’s Office, Mayor Stanley was able to craft an arrangement to wipe out the million deficit over five years. He’s also taken a 15,000 pay cut”.” The budget shortfall was caused in part by the slowing of the national economy. Locally, the Mayor had to deal with an 11-percent drop in income tax and property tax revenue last year.””Hard times for Flint are not new. The city’s population dropped 11.2 percent during the last census to 124,943. Decline in the auto industry drives these numbers. For more than half a century, Flint was a booming automotive citadel. As recently as 1970. the city had nearly 70,000 auto workers. Today it has less than 30,000.” ” This year alone, General Motors Corp’s Buick City Assembly Center and Flint V-8 Engine Plants closed. Buick City’s demise helped make Flint’s 8-percent jobless rate one of the highest among Michigan’s major labor markets. So a lot of what Mayor Stanley is dealing with -stifling collective bargaining mandates, unforeseen job losses and a weak national economy -are beyond his ability to control.”…The history and motives behind the primary backers of the recall seem questionable .. According to published reports , Raymond Bridges spent more than 10 years in prison for selling cocaine and heroin while a Genesee County jail guard. James E. Thomason was arrested twice for not paying child support, Matt Taylor, a former city councilman and longtime Stanley critic pleaded no contest for filing a false police report claiming his car was stolen” Put in Perspective , Mayor …is the least of Flint’s problems”.{VOTE NO RECALL, MARCH 5, 2002},

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