Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is attempting to use an ultimatum to get the federal government to bail him and his city out financially in the wake of the devastating coronavirus pandemic, or else he’s going to layoff 22,000 workers on October 1.
The mayor told reporters Wednesday that the layoffs are “painfully real.”
Here’s more from TheBlaze:
“The overwhelming cost of local government is personnel. Where we put our money is into the people who provide services to New Yorkers, whether they’re first responders, health care workers, sanitation workers, educators, you name it,” de Blasio said, according to Politico.
“If you’re going to keep cutting and keep cutting, it has to at some point reach personnel. It’s just pure logic of budgets, and it’s very sad logic. I don’t like it one bit, and I want to avert this at all costs. So that 22,000 number is painfully real,” he continued.
The mayor first voiced this concern a month back and has repeated it over and over again ever since.
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The mayor has been hoping for a multibillion dollar bailout package to come in from the federal government after the city has been slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. But he acknowledged that such an action “appears to be dead now” as stimulus package talks stalled on Capitol Hill.
Apparently, de Blasio is aware of some sort of money tree that is hidden away somewhere that the rest of us don’t know about, because obviously, we can’t afford to bail out everyone for this stuff.
Regardless, de Blasio’s city is in the shape it is in right now because the man, along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, made some very bad decisions early on in the pandemic. Someone needs to take responsibility for what happened.