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In this newsletter: budgets (not the sexiest topic but very important when thinking about Donald Trump’s impact), misbehaving cops, and more!
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New York is in the midst of budget season. By the end of the week, the state government should have decided upon spending plans for the year and New York City will follow with its budget in June. But the New Yorker in the White House is already threatening to foil Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s best-laid plans.
Information is the lifeblood of democracy.
When voters don’t know what’s going on in their community or why, important issues go ignored. People then vent their frustration, unaware of the root causes of these problems and unable to fix them. Moments of annoyance build up into a feeling that representative democratic institutions are either powerless or else simply unwilling to address their concerns. Eventually, those feelings boil over into tumult with unpredictable consequences, such as Donald Trump becoming President or Britain voting to leave the European Union. Or worse.