Jacki Lyden in for Tom Ashbrook
The Rhode Island city of Central Falls is broke. Its cops and firemen wait to get paid. Is this the future for cities and states around the country?
Central Falls, Rhode Island a proud and historic place whose motto is “city with a bright future” took the rare step this week, for a municipality –- of filing for bankruptcy.
The city hasn’t been paying its pensions for years — and doesn’t plan to do so. The public employees have been told: get a lawyer.
How Central Falls became a city with a troubled future may be an object lesson for may other municipalities around the country who are in dire straits.
This hour On Point: The American community, struggling.
John Hill, staff writer for the Providence Journal.
Marta Martinez, director of communications for Progresso Latino, the only non-profit social services provider in Central Falls.
Billy Folsom, mechanic for the City of Costa Mesa, California. Boardmember of the Costa Mesa City Employees Association.
John Garvey, acting chief of the Central Falls Fire Department.
Robert Flanders, state-appointed receiver for the City of Central Falls
Ryan Holeywell, staff writer for Governing Magazine and author of the blog ‘Fed Watch.’
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Central Falls proposing reduction in Police and Fire budget
Central Falls residents concerned about public safety cuts
The Buzz: Central Falls bankruptcy
This program aired on August 4, 2011.