Winton hits proposed ‘frivolous’ spending; Andrew campaign previews finances

This time, there were three props to illustrate what Minneapolis mayoral candidate Cam Winton would change in the 2014 city budget.

He told reporters he had gone through the budget with a fine-tooth comb (cue the comb) and found spending that looking to him like the city was spending Monopoly money( cue the Monopoly money) and then took a sip from a can of soft drink wrapped in a foam holder (cue the foam holder) distributed by the city to encourage recycling.

“This is just stupid,” said Winton of the can holder.  “If we’re wasting even one city taxpayer dollar, that’s too many dollars.”

As examples what he considers frivolous spending in the 2014 budget, Winton found about $3 million that he would not approve:  everything from $1.6 million to study streetcar engineering for a project not yet funded by the federal government to $20,000 for a sustainability intern. He said he found those items with just a half-hour look at the budget.

“The voters are saying, ‘Hallelujah, finally someone is talking about being a good steward of the tax dollars that we taxpayers pay in,’ ” he said, adding that his pledge to cut city spending is attracting the attention of voters. 

“It really erodes people’s trust in society and government and their city when they feel like they’re being taken advantage of— when they feel like they’re being treated like a cash machine.”

Andrew’s fundraising report

Campaign finance reports are due to be filed Tuesday with the Hennepin County Elections Office detailing spending and contributions by Minneapolis mayoral candidates since later August.

The campaign for Mark Andrew said in a news release that they have raised a total of $420,284 for the year, with more than one-third of that ($148,139) coming in during the last two months.  The campaign reported 1,769 donors since January, with 541 donating in the last two months.

The campaign said it has spent $160,247 since August, with $56,927 cash on hand and outstanding debt of $1,970 and no loans.

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