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# Mayor: In each of the past five years, the city has cut

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Mayor: In each of the past five years, the city has cut school funding and each time school officials complained that the cuts would force them to reduce expenditures for essential services. But each time, only expenditures for nonessential services were actually reduced. So school officials can implement further cuts without reducing any expenditures for essential services.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the mayorâ€™s conclusion?

(A) The cityâ€™s schools have always provided essential services as efficiently as they have provided nonessential services.
(B) Sufficient funds are currently available to allow the cityâ€™s schools to provide some nonessential services.
(C) Price estimates quoted to the cityâ€™s schools for the provision of nonessential services have not increased substantially since the most recent school funding cut.
(D) Few influential city administrators support the funding of costly nonessential services in the cityâ€™s schools.
(E) The cityâ€™s school officials rarely exaggerate the potential impact of threatened funding cuts.
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05 Oct 2005, 16:51
I go for B

obviously, the city can continue to cut funds for nonessential services, only if there is anything left to cut. If there schools only had funds for essential services, then budget cuts would directly affect essential services and the conclusion would fall apart.

A) efficiency about the services is not the main point
C) Also not main point and additionally has no connection to essential services
D) May be true, however does not strengthen the conclusion
E) The "potential" impact of threatened funding cuts is never bein talked about. The stem is concerned with real funding cuts. threatening cuts have never been mentioned.
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05 Oct 2005, 17:53
(A) - out of scope
(B) - best choice
(C) - out of scope
(D) - irrelevant
(E) - does not support conclusion

I'll take B. If there are actually funds still available for essential services, then the mayor's conclusion is supported for.
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05 Oct 2005, 21:00
B is the best choice.
The main question based on the conclusion is, after so many successive cuts in expenditures for nonessential services, is there still room for more cuts in this area? This is best answered by choice B.
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06 Oct 2005, 00:14
go B go...
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06 Oct 2005, 07:14
Going with B

B says that there is still room to cut the budget because there are funds to conver nonessential. Since we are only concerned with having essential activities...we can still cut.
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06 Oct 2005, 07:42
B imo too
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06 Oct 2005, 10:34
B for me too
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06 Oct 2005, 11:54
B as well.
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06 Oct 2005, 21:11
This is an immediate B. Schools still have excess non-essential funds available, so there is ample justification for the mayor`s conclusion.
06 Oct 2005, 21:11
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