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What would a smaller city government look like?

The Daily News raises an interesting point in its editorial today:

What would a smaller city government look like?

The Daily News raises an interesting point in its editorial today

Nutter says he asked city departments to make 7.5 percent cuts across the board, and concluded that he didn't want to make those cuts, so instead resorted to the trash fee and the sugar tax.

No doubt they would have required tough choices. But we'd like a better picture of what those cuts would have meant.

It would, indeed, be nice to know what the service-cutting version of this budget, which relies primarily on a new tax and a new fee to deal with the deficit, would look like.

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