Usled stravicne ekonomske krize koja je zadesila zemlju, mnoge drzavne i gradske sluzbe se gase. Skole na havajima ne rade svim radnim danima u nedelji, ugasen je autobuski saobracaj u prigradskim naseljima mnogih gradova a u Koloradu je cak ugasena i ulicna rasveta.
NY times prenosi i potresnu ispovest o tome kako nedostatak takve stvari kao sto je osvetljenje ulica nocu pruza vecu slobodu kriminalcima za njihova delovanja.
Plenty of businesses and governments furloughed workers this year, but Hawaii went further — it furloughed its schoolchildren. Public schools across the state closed on 17 Fridays during the past school year to save money, giving students the shortest academic year in the nation and sending working parents scrambling to find care for them.
Many transit systems have cut service to make ends meet, but Clayton County, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, decided to cut all the way, and shut down its entire public bus system. Its last buses ran on March 31, stranding 8,400 daily riders.
Even public safety has not been immune to the budget ax. In Colorado Springs, the downturn will be remembered, quite literally, as a dark age: the city switched off a third of its 24,512 streetlights to save money on electricity, while trimming its police force and auctioning off its police helicopters.