The Bloomberg administration warned its agencies this week that they might have to cut 1.5 percent from their budgets for this fiscal year and 4 percent next year because of a slowdown in the national economy, volatility in the stock market and a tentative labor agreement with city firefighters.
Bloomberg Asks Agencies to Propose Budget Cuts
Though it is not unusual for the administration to ask its agencies to reduce costs in tight budgetary times, this request comes as the city is basking in an economic glow that has defied national trends.
The city has projected a $3.9 billion budget surplus this year and a $1.4 billion surplus for 2008. Earlier this year, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced a one-year, $750 million cut in property taxes and $250 million in other tax cuts.
Hey Mike, think of how much extra budget you'd have if you flooded the DOB with new inspectors and they fined all the people found to have built illegally!
Instead, you're wasting our tax money on creating new positions, like this one:
City's First Food Policy Tsar Sets His Table
Great! This guy will change the way people eat. Yeah, and there's a bridge in Brooklyn I'll sell ya.
Hey Mike, we also don't have enough people signing up to become cops:
Police Department Struggling To Meet Recruitment Target, Kelly Says
Remember your campaign promise in 2001 to get them a raise? What happened?
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