skin in the game

skin

It’s one of those phrases that elected public servants recklessly chuck about — reckless because, it’s never their skin that’s going into the game. It’s the taxpayer’s skin.

Back in 2015, this appeared in a Lancaster Online article:

“Borough council voted this week to spend $835,000 to support the effort of developer Bill Roberts to put the call center in a fire station at 137 S. Front St.

“‘Every now and then, when a municipality embarks on an economic development project, they need to be willing to put some skin in the game,’ said Mayor Leo Lutz.”

Further in the article:

“‘The borough has been building its reserve to do economic development projects if we saw one that was worth doing,”’ said Lutz.”

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