Target: Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr
Goal: Avoid drastic pension cuts of city workers such as retired police officers
Bankrupt and in a declared state of emergency, budget cuts are slowly picking Detroit’s city services bare. City departments such as the police department have been drastically cut down over the past years. Put your foot down and urge appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr not to make extreme pension cuts to retired police officers, firefighters, and city workers as well.
Over the past years, the city of Detroit has increasingly downsized city departments and cut city government services. Yet, as the city continues in the gloom of economic downturn, these cuts are doing little good. Detroit is one of the most violent cities in America with a high crime and reported fire rate. Now, recently appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr wants to cut modest pensions of retired city government workers. These pension cuts are not going to get Detroit back up on its feet again.
While Orr may be looking for quick and easy cuts, this is not the way to go. Compared to other American cities, these local government retirees are collecting a very modest paycheck. These people were promised pensions and are at an older age, where it is difficult to find another job in a nearly empty job market. Most importantly, these retirees are more likely to filter money they receive back into the city’s economy rather than save the little paycheck, they receive each month. Tell Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr that making extreme pension cuts will not save Detroit.
Dear Kevyn Orr,
As Detroit’s emergency manger, you have been given the difficult task of trying to save Detroit and reboot its economy. I send this letter to you to urge you to not make drastic cuts to retired city workers’ pensions. I feel that this will not solve the city of Detroit’s extreme problem of crime and economic downturn. I believe that if pension cuts are made that they will be only a temporary fix to Denver’s underlying problems. It may also cause worse effects in the long run.
The following reasons are my concerns over your proposed pension cuts. Compared to other American cities, these local government retirees are collecting a very modest paycheck. These people at an older age where it is difficult to find another job in a nearly empty job market and are dependent on their promised pensions. Most importantly, these retirees are more likely to filter money they receive back into the city’s economy rather than save the little paycheck, they receive each month. Lastly, we need to focus on Denver’s crime first and foremost. Over the last decade nearly 40% of Denver’s police force has been cut. Denver is now one of the most violent and crime-ridden cities in America.
I know that is your decision in this state of emergency, but I hope you can see the following concerns over cutting retired city workers’ pensions.
[Your Name Here]
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