Winners and Losers in Bloomberg’s Budget Plan
By MICHAEL BARBARO, NY Times
The biggest loser in the mayor’s 2011 budget: the city’s libraries.
When Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg proposed his financial plan for the next year on Thursday, he called for 834 job cuts. More than a third of those — 299 — would be library employees.
Cultural institutions would lose 186 workers; the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene would lay off 141; the Department of Finance would fire 65; and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development would cut four positions.
Who is shielded from the budget ax? Police officers, firefighters, sanitation workers and correction officers (whose employees are generally the highest paid in the city).
Oh, and the mayor’s office. It would not lose any of its nearly 500 workers. In fact, it has added a few jobs in the last few weeks, to make room for former staff members of Mr. Bloomberg’s re-election campaign.
So far, Comptroller Johnny, our fiscal watchdog, has been mum on this abuse. However, he is stating that we're gonna get socked with yet more taxes.
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