Frances Nunziata played a key role in the budget debate of this week. As Speaker of City Council, she forbade discussing the budget of 2012. She ruled that debating the effect of this year’s budget on next year’s was out of order.
This appears to have been an important decision, and it has caught a bit of heat from the blogs and alternative papers this week.
Long-serving left-leaning Councillor Joe Mihevc said “We are creating a crisis that will make it impossible for us to go without real pain in 2012.”
Janet Davis, whose questions were ruled out of order, said “It’s outrageous, that has never happened in this chamber before”. She said, “he has cut taxes…spent the entire surplus, spent the entire reserves and made the hole for 2012 deeper and it’ll be harder to get out of.”
Nunziata was nominated to the Speaker position as a tip of the hat for supporting Ford in last year’s election. I had thought that the Speaker position was largely ceremonial, but she has shaped the tone and the content of council meetings.