New York Times: Bloomberg Outlines Lean Budget

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, proposing a New York budget for the 12th and last time, called on Tuesday for agencies across the city to cut costs as he seeks to keep spending flat despite the prospective loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in state education aid because of a labor dispute.

The mayor proposed closing 20 firehouses, reducing thousands of city-financed child-care slots, and cutting thousands of teacher positions — all suggestions he had made in past years, but had dropped after resistance from the City Council.

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