The 9 per cent salary increase councillors recently voted themselves has got to go, as does the $40 million overhaul of Nathan Phillips Square. Councillors' annual office budgets also need to be reduced.
"If you don't bleed yourself, how can you ask the people of Toronto to bleed?" Lastman said.
"You can't cut necessary services. That's stupid, completely stupid with four O's," Lastman said.
So, that would be 'Stoooopid', right Mel?
"They have to cut staff. They can't continue this way. Their budget has gone up by $1.5 billion since I left," he said. "Politicians have got to learn ... to say: `We can't afford it.'
Maybe voters should learn how to say no, too.
Lots more suggestions.
Straight talk from a brilliant businessman. Miller would do well to read the whole article and give Lastman's ideas serious consideration.
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Update: Great piece by Terence Corcoran - City kowtowing cause fiscal woe. Check out the stuff about union sick leave!!! You won't believe it.