There’s an important question that normally swirls around major public projects: Does it use general fund money?

It might seem like a mundane bit of bureaucracy at first (“general fund” doesn’t do itself any favors with that name) but here’s why it’s important: The general fund is basically the city’s day-to-day budget, covering services such as library hours, parks, police officers and firefighters.

Steve Cushman, the man in charge of the $520 million Convention Center expansion financing, claims he won’t touch the city’s day-to-day budget. In the latest Fact Check TV, we explore whether that claim holds up.

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