Daley denies budget balanced on backs of poor

December 5, 2008 2:41:37 PM PST
Mayor Daley strongly denied Friday that he is balancing Chicago's budget on the backs of the poor.The chairman of United Voters for Truth and Justice, Reverend Gregory Daniels, made that charge after aldermen and Daley agreed to lease Chicago parking meters.

The city will receive more than $1 billion, but meter rates will rise.

The mayor says revenue from parking meter and other city leasing programs helps the poor.

"Not only hard infrastructure, but human services: homeless, after-school programs, employment programs. All the things you think about. We have this money. We didn't have this money before. Our responsibility is to help the generation right now. We're not putting them in debt," said the mayor.