Rolling brownouts becoming more common in major U.S. cities

According to a New York Times report, more major cities have resorted to rolling brownouts of fire stations to balance the budget in an increasingly difficult economy. Fire and police protection, once the “sacred cows” for city officials looking to trim the budget, are now in danger as cities across the country have already cut deep into other municipal department spending with no end to the economic downturn in sight.

Some critics blame uncooperative unions and unmanageable pensions, while others insist that city officials are cutting into fire and police budgets that are already spread too thin.

Has your city experienced rolling brownouts? How do you think cities’ budget crises can be reconciled with maintaining adequate fire and police protection?

Has your city turned to rolling brownouts to balance the budget?

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