There’s a good old-fashioned standoff over wasteful expenditures down in Trenton, New Jersey. As Bloomberg reports, the City Council isn’t happy with Mayor Tony Mack’s budget, specifically the $42,573 he allocated for ordering paper products. And they won’t sign off on it, forcing a possible toilet-paper shortage at all government buildings. City Hall has enough to last until March 16, says a spokesman, but other buildings could run out as early as next week.
According to Councilmember George Muschal, “We’re the checks and balances over the administration, and we’re not going to send out any blank checks.” Because they may be forced to explore alternate usages of those blank checks early next week.