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article imageOccupy movement costing millions, except for Occupy Dallas at $0

By Nancy Houser     Nov 24, 2011 in Politics
The Occupy movement protests have cost Americans approximately $13 million during its first two months, with the heaviest financial burden on the law enforcement agencies. The harsher the clashes between protestors and police, the steeper the costs.
According to Washington Post, examples of this are the Occupy Wall Street movement and Occupy Oakland, ranging from September 17 to November 15, when the protesters were evicted from Zuccotti Park in New York. New York has estimated their fees at $7 million while Oakland is at $2.4 million.
"The heaviest financial burden has fallen upon law enforcement agencies tasked with monitoring marches and evicting protesters from outdoor camps." (KXAN)
Meanwhile, the Denver Post reports that Occupy Denver has a cost of $351,189 for the Colorado State Highway Patrol policing Denver's Lincoln Park round-the-clock service. Their fees are based on logistical expenses, regular pay and overtime pay. At this time, the city's municipal costs and Denver Police Department have not yet tabulated their costs.
What is outstanding is that the Occupy Dallas movement has not cost the city of Dallas one red penny, at least according to Gawker. The reason is because of the peaceful protesters. Beginning on October 6, movement committees recognized as "working groups" were specifically designed for the expertise of volunteers who wish to help the protesters.
But more than anything, what has separated Occupy Dallas from movements like Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland is a continued cooperation with the city's local police and city government, in addition to a continuous appreciation for the Dallas Police Department that has worked out for both sides.
If money is a real concern---as main stream media supports---instead of looking at Occupy Together protesters and their movements, look at the Super Committee's failure to do their assigned job.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the apparent failure by a congressional supercommittee to make federal spending cuts by its deadline could end up costing the state 5 BILLION dollars over the next decade. Cuomo says the failure in Washington along with a worsening economy will dramatically change the fiscal course of the state. Last week Cuomo said the state was already running up a 350 MILLION dollar deficit this fiscal year and as much as a 3.5 BILLION dollar deficit in the 2012-13 fiscal year. Cuomo says he plans a new job-creation program to raise revenue.(Finger Lakes NY)
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