Peters says they’re conducting surveys to figure out how some remote small towns are already making residents’ life better, even as their populations drain away. He says there are some standouts such as Sac City, Iowa, whose population is estimated at 2,105 and falling. The numbers are down by a third since a farm equipment manufacturer closed its factory there in the 1980s..
I worry about the effect that Gates’ money has on the investment of others. Say you are the government of Uganda, and you’ve decided you’re going to invest a certain amount of dollars in improving birth outcomes. And now Gates says, we’re going to put X million dollars into your country and suddenly the country’s own monetary commitment disappears.
Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn has not taken a firm position on the governor’s proposal. He said that before signing on to a casino plan, he needs to be assured that cities and towns would see no reduction in their lottery aid and that additional money would be directed to them from the casinos..
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