I was recently checking a few other blogs the other day and came across the one from a collegue in Minnesota. I posted a link here if you are interested. Mr. Neal talks about tough choices he has had to make because of the tough economic times in Minnesota right now. His community is an affluent community and he is a damn good manager but sometimes stuff happens. In this case, the State of Minnesota happened. The governor there has unalloted 2008 and will unallot 2009 monies that had already been committed to the communities to try to balance a multi-billion (yup a B) revenue shortfall. The legislature and the governor cannot agree on a budget solution so things just stop. A few years ago the state actually shut down...literally. It was a big mess and the voters didn't forget it. When the next election came around the voted a big block of representatives and senators out the door.
Makes me appreciate the business planning of our commission and our mangers. Hopefully we can weather the economic downturn without having to go through what folks up north are dealing with.
Scott is a good guy and I know such decisions are hard for him to make as it is with any manger.