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Bloomberg Warns of Layoffs in New Budget

April 18, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented a revised $42-billion budget and warned that, without union concessions, $65 million in layoffs would be necessary.

The Republican mayor, who pledged during his campaign not to lay off city workers, said the budget shortfall, projected at $5 billion for next year, could grow to $6 billion by 2006.

He also raised the possibility of a state takeover of city finances if the City Council approves a tax increase.

Critics say Bloomberg has reason to exaggerate the city's troubles, as he wants unionized workers to accept $500 million in cost savings and wants Albany and Washington to take steps that would let the city save $650 million.

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