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Gabriel Replies To Adams’ Claim

I received this note from City Administrator Wendy Gabriel moments ago: “This morning, Steve Adams, Coeur d’Alene City Council Candidate, said in a Pachyderm meeting held at Jonsey’s that he requested to attend my  individual department head meetings regarding the 2011-12 budget.  He said that I stated he could not attend, and that I stated only union members were allowed to attend.  His statement is not true.  Attached is my emailed response to him. ” Click here.

CdA Employees Want 3% Raises

Item: Cd'A wants 3% raises: But property taxes would not increase/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Four new police cars, two front loaders for the street department, and a cash reserve set aside for construction on the McEuen Field redevelopment project. Oh - and raises for 300-plus city employees. The city of Coeur d'Alene is proposing a $77.97 million budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 - slightly higher than this year's $77.91 million financial plan - which includes a number of capital purchases, project plans and 3 percent increases for all employees. However, the plan would not include a property tax increase.

Question: When were you last given a raise of at least 3 percent?

Mental Health Services Faces Cuts

The economic downturn has left deep scars on Idaho's public services for the mentally ill, including efforts to help some of the state's most-vulnerable children. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter's recommended budget for the Department of Health and Welfare's mental health services division for fiscal year 2012 is $32.4 million, down 4.6 percent from 2011 and a full 19 percent less than in 2008. The division has laid off or left unfilled 35 full time positions to assist adults with mental health problems, and another 14 positions to help kids/Associated Press via Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Is this a good time to be cutting mental health services?

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