“Local officials say they are eliminating entire classes for police academies, closing public parks, and increasing class sizes as teachers get laid off. The reductions come at a time when demands for social services are increasing because of the high unemployment rate. […] ‘It’s vital to the survival of cities and towns throughout this country,’ said James Mitchell, a city council member from Charlotte, N.C., and a vice president at the National League of Cities, in a telephone press briefing.”However, many experts believe that such legislation has little chance of passing in the Senate, as legislators are wary of bills that will add to the mounting deficit. But CSM points out that despite these concerns, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, an officer with the United States Conference of Mayors, stated, “I don’t care what the mood is in the Senate. I am more concerned about the mood of the people and they are [angry] that they don’t have a job.” Read more here.