Portland, Oregon vs. Indianapolis, Indiana a tale of two budgets

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By Allen Alley
on March 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM via The Oregonian

Attending the monthly Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs breakfast meetings has become a pilgrimage for me. On display are the blossoming grass-roots businesses tended by first-time minority entrepreneurs aspiring to make a better life.

At a recent meeting, a representative from the Portland mayor’s office came to regale us with stories of the difficulties running the city with extremely limited funds. A little research on recent budgets shows that these extremely limited funds are actually about $1.5 billion. How ironic is it that they have the gall to wring their hands about multimillions to an audience whose members started their businesses with hundreds.

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