BUDGET: What's Really in the Budget

THE New Federalism has turned out to be a Trojan horse for America's cities, a hollow gift filled not with enemy troops as in ancient Troy, but with impoundments and program freezes, with lopsided funding formulas, with broken promises and cynical pretexts and with an Executive budget that will spell disaster for human services and community development in every city in the country." So Seattle's Democratic mayor, Wes Uhlman, complained last week, and it was by no means the harshest indictment, as one mayor after another poured out his budgetary woes to...