Comment 59631

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted February 12, 2011 at 11:15:41

Jason, I know you admire Portland. I have never been, but it looks like a nice city. In that state, there is a property tax cap which limits local government spending.

From 2005-2009, the City of Portland increased spending by 23.6%, while population increased by 4.6%. In contrast, Hamilton increased spending by 30.2%, while population increased only 1.3%. After adjusting for population growth, spending in Portland was 19%, while in Hamilton it was 28.9%. That's 52.1% more public spending in Hamilton than Portland from 2005-2009.

Is it possible that if we followed the Portland model of restrained government here in Hamilton, we would encourage private individuals to invest, rather than having them look to the government to kick start projects?

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