New York: Bloomberg Budget Proposes 6,000 Teachers Laid Off
It is spreading like a cancer and everyday Americans must retake control of their government. Our local, state, and Federal government must affirm the people and not strike them down.
Huffington Post reports:
NEW YORK — A $2.1 billion boost in projected tax revenue will keep the city from planning new cuts to services, but the city is forging ahead with previously announced cuts that would slice more than 6,000 teaching jobs, reduce library hours and pull millions of dollars for youth jobs, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday as he announced his budget proposal for next fiscal year.
Bloomberg is banking on $600 million in state concessions to balance the $65.6 billion city budget, saying that city agencies and schools will face further cuts if the state doesn’t come through on education aid, revenue sharing and retirement payments. Bloomberg called on the Legislature to require all the state’s cities to equally share in cuts to revenue-sharing funds, a move that would save the city $200 million, as part of the concessions he’s asking from the state.
“We have planned ahead and we have helped guide New York through the deepest national recession in decades,” the mayor said, but warned the cuts would be more severe if the state concessions didn’t come through. “We don’t deserve to be penalized for our responsible management.”
The mayor proposed laying off 4,666 teachers and cutting another 1,500 jobs through attrition. Those losses, representing roughly one out of every 12 teachers in the nation’s largest public school system, are the same cuts Bloomberg initially proposed in November in response to a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall.