Ed Driscoll

These Days, It's Hard To Decide What to Spend $800,000 On

“The debate in Ann Arbor, where firefighters are being laid off due to a multimillion dollar budget deficit, is over an $850,000 piece of art, ” Tom Gantert writes in Michigan Capitol Confidential. “That’s how much the city has agreed to pay German artist Herbert Dreiseitl for a three-piece water sculpture that would go in front of the new police and courts building right by the City Hall.”

Tough times call for tough choices; in California, that could pay a civil servant’s salary for a year.