Denver will not start charging residents for trash pickup. The idea was proposed as a way to ease the deficit the city is facing.
Whatever you think about raising the taxes of the rich, or substantive changes to entitlement programs that most people younger than Baby Boomers are convinced won’t be around for them, my problem with both plans is the time allotted for everything to work itself out.
The key element to watch over the next few months is whether this new attention to the deficit is a passing fling, or something our elected leaders will take seriously.
A $100 million budget deficit, a police department under scrutiny, an over-budget mass transportation project and the chance to work in the long shadow of one of the city’s most popular politicians.