http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/sep/28/memphis-police-wrote-fewer-tickets-july-after-payc/ Most Memphis city workers and MPD took a 4.6% pay cut in July, additionally, a final vote in October will impact pension (new and workers with less than 10 yrs of service) and benefit reforms. Citations, in July, were 18,341 compared to 29,092 in July 2010. In August, 20,599 citations were issued, compared with 28,162 in August 2010. Turns out 1.8% of the city's budget comes from traffic fines, court costs and red-light-camera traffic tickets. So, the city council's response was to raise costs for citations and parking violations and raise court costs from $61 to $135 per incident. MPD Director told his department chiefs to watch out for a possible work slowdown. So, Memphis' citizens become more law-abiding and the city's response is to hammer them with bigger fines and court costs? Or is the city council learning that you get what you pay for...?