NYC Mayor to furlough himself and 400+ staffers amid financial crunch
Wonder how many other large cities will have to do the same.
"New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he and hundreds of other city employees will go on furlough for a week in an effort to save money.
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The city is facing a $9bn two-year revenue shortfall resulting from the economic shutdown in March and April.
The New York Times reported that the furlough will affect nearly 500 mayoral staff members and generate $860,000 in savings for the year.
Mr de Blasio said that his office had no plans to implement pay cuts for himself or other staff members.
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Mr de Blasio's salary is $258,750, which means a week-long furlough will cost him nearly $5,000.
"We have to make tough choices to move this city forward and keep our budget balanced," Mr de Blasio said during a press briefing.
The mayor’s office will face a 12 per cent decrease in its budget this year as a result of the economic shutdown.
“We’ve already had to make some tough cuts that have affected this city and the services we provide. We’re tried everything we can to stop from those cuts becoming worse. We don’t want to take away jobs from public employees, we don’t want to take away services from communities that need [them]," Mr de Blasio said."
It is hard to imagine that life will ever return back to "normal"--whatever that is. Certainly not the "greatness" Trump imagined in his campaign slogan (MAGA)--but it would be nice if we could return to a "greatness" different than what Trump has in mind.