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Rybak, other national mayors, discuss cities on ‘Charlie Rose’ show

Minneapolis Mayor R.T.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was one of several mayors from around the country to discuss tough decisions facing cities around the country on the “Charlie Rose” PBS show Tuesday night.

It ran here on TPT’s Channel 2.3 — not exactly a prime spot on the dial.

Along with Rybak were Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City; Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta; Jerry Sanders, mayor of San Diego; Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia; and Bill White, former mayor of Houston.

Pension obligations were a big focus: they’ll be a challenge for cities.

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Rybak talks about city employees at 8:40, and at 12:40 he touches on city workers needing support and how cities are working as partners with the public.

At 21 minutes, he talks about dealing with unions and about how local problems are related to the national economy:

“We have a wartime economy that’s trying to build a peacetime country, and you can’t do both,” he said.

That’s as far as I got.