Are You Better Off?

Leslie is accused of stripping people’s personal freedoms, but there are significant benefits to the community. When determining the appropriate level of government regulation, the costs and benefits of each action need to be considered.

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The Pawnee Video Dome is Failing

 

The Pawnee Video Dome is failing and going out of business. Leslie is trying to find tax breaks to keep him afloat, but Ron says the market is telling him is not providing value to consumers and deserves to fail.

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.

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