Using Ben Golnik’s numbers, we can see that the savings from purely pragmatic drinking fountains vs artsy drinking fountains isn’t enough to put even one cop on the streets of Minneapolis for ten years when salary, gear, benefits, and salary increases are taken into consideration.
Of the $450,000 reportedly spent on a long lasting city wide art project, I wonder what percentage Ben Golnik or Marty Seifert consider to be waste? 10%? Half? Every dime? Is there no value in art projects to these guys?
More importantly, how are we supposed to take Golnik or Seifert seriously if the biggest problem they have with Mayor RT Rybak’s budget is $450,000 out of $1,300,000,000? Put another way, Golnik and Seifert are upset about a 1-time art project that accounts for three one hundreds of one percent of the city’s budget.
If 0.03% of one year of the city’s budget is “wasted” on a city-wide art project, I’m okay with that. In fact, I welcome it because I don’t consider it to be waste at all, but that’s just an arts appreciating opinion.
With nearly 400,000 residents in the City of Minneapolis, the cost per artsied-up drinking fountain is just over ten cents each. Each time I run past one of those, they may remind me of how out of touch Marty Seifert and Ben Golnik are with the realities of a big city budget like Minneapolis. That alone will give me at least 10 cents of pleasure per visit, so I’m confident that I’ll see a positive return on my share of the tax dollars that went toward this project. I’ll appreciate Minneapolis’ art so Marty and Ben don’t have to.
I was having a hard time understanding how Ben Golnik could be so out of touch with the reality of the costs of employing police officers when this tweet popped up:
See? He really doesn’t get it. Ben, give this a try: Tell a prospective police officer that you’ll give him or her a salary of $45k/yr; however, they’ll receive no uniform, no gun, no radio, no vest, no car, no computer, no office space, no health insurance, no pension, no nothing but a salary. See how far that $450k goes when you use reality based employment costs.
It’s good to see Ben Golnik’s tweet unintentionally call BS on Marty Seifert’s misleading fundraising comparison of 25 cops’ salaries to a 1-time $450,000 art project. Even Golnik’s false assumption that you can employ 10 Minneapolis cops for one year for $450,00 is more in line with reality than Rep. Seifert’s.