In a budget document his opponent, state Sen. Ed Murray, has referred to derisively as a Christmas tree, Mayor Mike McGinn has proposed spending an additional $38 million (approximately) in unanticipated revenues on the city's rainy day fund, new police officers, homeless services, school speed cameras, "increased support for vehicular residents" (code for helping out people who live in their cars) and restoring funds for domestic violence prevention (after McGinn eliminated the Office for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention shortly after he was elected).
Overall, McGinn's budget would add 167 new full-time employees to the city's payroll.
McGinn's budget proposal would also backfill funding (to the tune of $1.6 million) for the city's Human Services Department that was lost due to state and federal funding cuts of $32.8 million over the past few years.
Other goodies in McGinn's election-year proposed budget—the first budget during his administration in which he has been able to propose new expenditures, as opposed to cuts—include $100,000 to "empower refugee women to become more engaged in civic life," $500,000 for early learning and child care, $715,000 for new construction job training, $4.1 million to improve traffic flow downtown (underground sensors, signal timing, new reader boards, and the like).
McGinn's budget will likely be challenged by the city council, a majority of whom (Sally Clark, Bruce Harrell, Tim Burgess, Tom Rasmussen, and Jean Godden) have endorsed Murray.
We have a call out to Clark about her response to McGinn's budget proposal.