Because of Jail

The townhall meeting includes complaints about various externalities associated with parks including frisbees and dog feces. The Baraguá delegation describes the command and control approach used by his country when citizens impose externalities on others.

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Why the Government Matters

A student needs to interview someone for a school project and stumbles upon Ron in the office. He describes his libertarian views, but her mom isn’t happy.

Ann Has to Go

Ben and Leslie propose a solution to solving the budget crises, but accidentally suggest that all D1 employees (low-level) should be terminated. Because there is a limited amount of funds available in the city budget, any money moving to one department must come at the expense of another department.

Something Has To Go

Leslie asks a councilor to not cut the Parks budget 8% and to find the money somewhere else. The counselor decides to propose shutting down the local animal shelter in exchange. Because funding is scarce in the local government, the city councilors have to cut funding in one area to save another department.

Effects of a Government Shutdown

The citizens of Pawnee want to know what services the government will provide if they are shut down. Ron relishes in the fact that the services aren’t provided

Shutting Down Pawnee

Leslie and Ron propose a list of budget cuts that they believe will help keep the Parks Department operation, but Chris breaks the news that the city’s budget is worse than imagined and the government will need to shut down

Purpose of Government

Ron is happy that state auditors are coming to slash the Pawnee budget because he feels government spending has gotten out of hand.