“The budget is an expression of our values and aspirations.”
So said Jacob Lew, Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, recently in referring to the federal budget.
Absent in the current discussion about Red Wing’s budget is consideration of how the budget should reflect our values and aspirations. We only hear about funding “essential services.”
What about our essential values? Shouldn’t the role of the City Council be to ensure that the budget reflects our values and aspirations? Or, is the budget simply about dollars?
During the second world war, Winston Churchill’s Finance Director said arts funding should be cut to support the war effort, to which Churchill replied, “Then what are we fighting for?”