NY1: The Call Blog: Bloomberg Budget: No Tax Hikes, But FDNY & Child Care On Chopping Block
Not surprisingly, most of our viewers were not so happy with Mayor Bloomberg’s budget proposal. An overwhelming 73% said the City Council should not approve it. Many of our callers say losing these after-school programs may mean having to give up their jobs. More of your thoughts below.
Mayor Bloomberg presented his $68.7 billion budget plan for Fiscal Year 2013 at City Hall today. It includes no tax hikes, and an increase in education spending from $13.3 to $13.6 billion. Bloomberg also said New York City regained 180% of the private sector jobs it lost during the recession.
The Mayor also outlined several cuts to balance the budget. He plans to slash more than 30,000 slots for daycare and after-school programs for kids. And Bloomberg wants to shutter 20 fire companies. New York City will still face a budget gap of approximately $3 billion in 2014. The plan still needs approval after negotiations with the City Council. What would you do?