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Boston’s woke Democratic mayor Michelle Wu is slammed as ‘tone-deaf’ and ‘unserious’ for plan to give children as young as 11 and the undocumented power to vote on the budget

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Boston’s woke Democratic mayor Michelle Wu has been labeled ‘tone-def’ and ‘unserious’ for her plan to give young children and undocumented citizens the power to vote on the budget. 

During a City Council committee hearing on Tuesday that reviewed her 2025 fiscal budget, Wu announced that the new budgeting voting process is open to the undocumented and children as young as 11-years-old. 

After the meeting, enraged Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn wrote a letter to Renato Castelo, the director of the Office of Participatory Budgeting, and expressed his concern with Wu’s decision. 

‘Allowing children to decide the usage of taxpayer dollars would do just the opposite, and be viewed as tone-deaf, unserious and wholly inappropriate by my constituents,’ Flynn wrote in the letter, reviewed by the Boston Herald

Michelle Wu announced that children as young as 11  and undocumented citizens to vote on Boston's participatory budget

Michelle Wu announced that children as young as 11  and undocumented citizens to vote on Boston’s participatory budget

‘During this time of great fiscal uncertainty — with a study warning that remote work policies and the city’s declining commercial property values may cost us $500 million in revenue annually, as well as a subsequent proposal to also tax commercial property at a higher rate — now more than ever, it is critical that we show the taxpayers of Boston that we take our financial responsibilities seriously,’ Flynn added.

Although participatory budgeting, when community members decide how to allocate funds for a public budget, was approved in 2021, residents will, for the first time, be able to weigh in on how the Massachusetts city spends their money. 

Starting in July, the Office of Participatory Budgeting will start to collect community project ideas from residents.

By the end of September, Wu will pick the top 15 community proposals before the public votes and narrows down the options to five projects in person next January.   

During the hearing, city officials said that the five chosen projects will be earmarked in the FY26 budget. The Boston mayor already allocated $2million for the initial phase of the process.

Chief Financial Officer Ashley Groffenberger told the Boston Herald that the office originally started the fiscal year with around $4million, but due to rolled over funds from the last two budget cycles, some of the money has been spent on ‘operational expenses,’ including staff salaries. 

Groffenberger added that the administration plans to bring in $2million for the  participatory budgeting plans. 

Other councilors expressed curiosity and asked if there were plans to increase the annual project funding budget in upcoming years as multiple community groups petitioned Wu to allocate one percent of the budget- approximately $40million- for the  participatory budget plan. 

While many disagree with Wu's newest plan, other councilors agreed with her decision with hopes that it would bring more youth participation and civic engagement

While many disagree with Wu’s newest plan, other councilors agreed with her decision with hopes that it would bring more youth participation and civic engagement

In response, both Castelo and Groffenberger said that the decision will be made by the mayor and the Council, adding that $2million is a suitable amount to start with each year. 

Along with Flynn, Councilors Erin Murphy and John FitzGerald expressed their concerns over Wu’s recent decision. 

FitzGerald said that with the new plan, residents will have more control over budgetary powers than the Council. 

Flynn is pushing to decrease the allocated amount for the participatory budget by $1.2million for the fiscal year. 

The city counselor wants to instead invest in the Boston Police Crime Lab so they can hire more staff to help with the lab’s pile up of sexual assault kit testing.  

He also wants to allocate funds for the city’s Inspectional Services Department to help improve its pest control inspections. 

While many disagree with Wu’s newest plan, other councilors agreed with her decision with hopes that it would bring more youth participation and civic engagement. 

Councilor Liz Breadon said: ‘I really do think this is a huge opportunity to develop civic engagement.’ 

‘I do hope that it will lead to a more engaged citizenry going forward,’ she said, adding that it would give children and residents the opportunity to learn how to vote. 

Wu, who has been mayor of Boston since November 2021, recently  



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