Saturday, January 03, 2009

Mayor Menino's police layoff folly

The Mayor seems to have run into a buzzsaw and given potential challengers an issue to slam him with. Laying off 200 cops is not only unnecessary it is politically wrong and more importantly wrong for the City.

As my financial guy Steve W. writes:

City hall is making a mountain out of a molehill and you can prove it - if you are interested in the hard numbers happy to sit down and show you how this shell game works.

Bottom line - to justify 7-10% cuts on boston's budget due to state aid cuts, the state would have to cut net aid by at least 65% or about $225 million and possibly as much as 85% or $310 million- none of the numbers coming out of Beacon Hill are even remotely close to that (we are hearing 15-20% or $50-75 million cuts in net aid worst case - even after the additional $1 billion cuts announced this week).

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