Amid the ghastly mess in certain states beginning with M, there is some cause for Christmas cheer in other corners of the Union.
1 Cleveland last week announced a break-even budget of $48.2 million, almost half of which – $22m – came in increased revenues. Some of this money has trickled up from 13,000 students who responded to a cheap-ticket offer and 11,5000 schoolkids whose seats were paid for by donors.
2 Detroit is about to announce a small surplus, the first in years. It raised $18.9 million in gifts and drew in thousands of students to its $25 season ticket scheme.
Lessons to be learned? Start ’em, young. Simple, really.