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14 Cities That Are Being Eaten Alive By Public Sector Workers
Busiess Insider ^ | Jul. 13, 2011 | Grace Wyler

Posted on 07/18/2011 10:40:47 AM PDT by fifedom

After years of declining tax revenues, cities and towns across the country are now running out of ways to deal with their ballooning budget deficits. ... Public employee costs account for a large share of municipal budget woes.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: California; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: bankrupt; broke; cities; employees; pension; pensions; public; sector; taxes; thugs; unions
As expected most are in California but all the usual suspects are there: New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh. Even after massive reductions in services and layoffs the pensions and retiree medical insurance are eating up the budgets
1 posted on 07/18/2011 10:40:54 AM PDT by fifedom
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To: fifedom

Who would have thunk it to be these cities..../s


2 posted on 07/18/2011 10:49:27 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: fifedom

Default, and reset public sector workers’ expectations much, much lower during recovery from default. Tear up the contracts and start over.

Does that sound cold-blooded? Sorry.

Because here is the cold, hard truth: this WILL happen, sooner or later, one way or the other.

At some point, the argument transcends politics. “We don’t have the will to reduce their benefits” changes to “we don’t have the resources to keep paying”.


3 posted on 07/18/2011 10:50:38 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: fifedom

Add Omaha, NE to the list as well. The Police and Fire Unions are raping that town.


4 posted on 07/18/2011 10:51:29 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: fifedom

They missed Cincinnati.

http://www.roxannequalls.com/home/current_council_issues/cincinnati_pension_fund.html
The $2.1 billion CRS — the combined pension fund and retiree health care plan — faces a $1 billion-plus long-term shortfall that could grow to $1.5 billion in five years. Unless major changes are implemented now, CRS could be depleted by 2028, consultants have told the city.


5 posted on 07/18/2011 10:51:45 AM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: fifedom
Their List:

  1. New York City
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Chicago
  4. San Francisco
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. North Las Vegas
  7. San Jose, Calif.
  8. Providence, R.I.
  9. New Haven
  10. Newark
  11. Stockton, Calif.
  12. Colorado Springs
  13. Costa Mesa, Calif.
  14. Central Falls, R.I.

Pretty much Rat and Union playpens, all.
6 posted on 07/18/2011 10:53:18 AM PDT by Zakeet (The Wee Wee's real birth certificate got shredded with his Rezko mortgage records)
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To: fifedom

The real underlying issue is PE retirement costs. This is virtually everywhere. The big liberal cities are in the forefront of articles like this, but it’s a universal problem that government at all levels refuses to address. Just look at Colorado Springs unwillingness to even try to gauge the size of their own problem. On a global basis, nearly all governments are broke! They have over promised everyone, their employees and their citizens. Unless they do something now (and I don’t see them doing it) we are going to see revolts around the globe ( like Greece).


7 posted on 07/18/2011 10:55:56 AM PDT by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: fifedom

The unions purposely cut active duty cops and firemen, plus teachers, to have maximum effect on the public.

The Unions, like all Leftists, do not care about honor, ethics or public safety, they care about votes and cash, and not necessarily in that order.

If you reduce pensions, you can keep cops on the street. Unions want more crime so people cry for more cops.

Liberalism is thuggery incarnate.


8 posted on 07/18/2011 10:57:41 AM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Zakeet
I guess that Detroit is officially just a carcass being picked over by the unions.
9 posted on 07/18/2011 10:58:05 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Dems demanding shared sacrifice are like Aztec priests doing it while cutting out my heart.)
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To: fifedom

Big liberal cities, what a surprise.


10 posted on 07/18/2011 11:05:00 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought ("The proposition that the government is always right is manifested either in corruption or benefits)
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To: fifedom

“As federal stimulus money runs dry, states are scaling back on municipal aid and revenue sharing”

This shows one reason why the stimulus money did not work. The majority of the money went to prop up government entities.


11 posted on 07/18/2011 11:06:55 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: TSgt
Hahaha! Good old foxy roxy...

You know, when she was mayor she changed the speed limit around city hall from 25 mph to lickety-split...

12 posted on 07/18/2011 11:10:03 AM PDT by libs_kma (JIMMY CARTER - HE'S BACK IN BLACK)
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To: Zakeet

16 U.S. Cities That Could Face Bankruptcy in 2011
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2646712/posts
1.San Diego, Ca.
2.New York, NY
3.San Jose, Ca.
4.Cincinnati, Oh.
5.Honolulu, Hi.
6.San Francisco, Ca.
7.Los Angeles, Ca.
8.Washington, D.C.
9.Newark, NJ
10.Detroit, Mi
11.Reading, Pa
12.Joliet, Il
13.Camden, NJ
14.Hamtramck, Mi
15.Central Falls, RI
16.Paterson, N.J.
BONUS: Chicago, Il


13 posted on 07/18/2011 11:11:26 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: School of Rational Thought

the Springs? Costa Mesa (in OC CA)?

didn’t think these were liberal cities..


14 posted on 07/18/2011 11:12:36 AM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Parley Baer

Pittsburgh city government has never laid off a police officer or firefighter and has the same number of both despite a population drop of about 60% since the city’s peak population.

What’s funny is the region is stable and the surrounding counties are booming. Everyone still works here and identifies themselves as Pittsburghers but no one wants to live in the actual city. If you knew how inept their actual services were, blizzard of 2010 the prime example, you wouldn’t want to pay their costs for what you get either.


15 posted on 07/18/2011 11:17:23 AM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: WOBBLY BOB; KarlInOhio

16 U.S. Cities That Could Face Bankruptcy in 2011

So many more to choose from ... and states, too.

She was vilified for speaking the truth on CBS 60 Minutes, even receiving numerous death threats, but Meredith Whitney was exactly correct. Many state and local governments are in the same or worse financial condition than Uncle Sam.

16 posted on 07/18/2011 11:27:40 AM PDT by Zakeet (The Wee Wee's real birth certificate got shredded with his Rezko mortgage records)
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To: fifedom

And at least twelve of the fourteen have been controlled by majority-democrat city councils and/or democrat mayors for the last 20 or more years, right?


17 posted on 07/18/2011 11:29:27 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Zakeet
Our own little Greek laboratories of democracy.

Well, labs test are in- FAIL. We know what not to do and who not to emulate.

18 posted on 07/18/2011 11:33:20 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: vette6387

Socialism only works until you run out of other people’s money.


19 posted on 07/18/2011 11:37:18 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
Pittsburgh city government has never laid off a police officer or firefighter and has the same number of both despite a population drop of about 60% since the city’s peak population.

ahhh, but they somehow found it in their budget to hire a Sustainability Coordinator
20 posted on 07/18/2011 11:49:02 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: fifedom

And still the Unions are for Obama.. fiddling while the Union Hall burns..

Whats not to like?..


21 posted on 07/18/2011 11:55:49 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

It would work in Heaven, but they don’t need it, or in Hell, where they already have it...


22 posted on 07/18/2011 11:56:47 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: US Navy Vet

Don’t forget it is happening with the help of the socialist Mayor who wasn’t recalled when he should have been. The putzes on the city council aren’t doing the citizens any favors either! The most corrupt, taxing, city in Nebraska and the leader wants bike lanes and light rail instead of fixing the pothole ridden streets.


23 posted on 07/18/2011 11:57:24 AM PDT by toolman1401
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To: Buckeye McFrog

” Sustainability Coordinator”
That sounds like a government position straight out of Atlas Shrugged.


24 posted on 07/18/2011 12:04:13 PM PDT by MCF
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To: toolman1401

I have NOT eaten @ ANY Omaha Resturants since “Suttle’s Tax” was instituted!


25 posted on 07/18/2011 12:09:46 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
Everyone still works here and identifies themselves as Pittsburghers but no one wants to live in the actual city.

For that we can thank the Pennsylvania Constitution which severely limits their powers of annexation. If Pittsburgh were in Ohio the city would have gobbled-up all of Allegheny and parts of neighboring counties by now.
26 posted on 07/18/2011 12:17:29 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MCF

” Sustainability Coordinator”
That sounds like a government position straight out of Atlas Shrugged.


Fresh Grad from Carnegie-Mellon making $45K salary to ensure that everything the city does meets “green” specs. She looks a little like Roseanne Barr with glasses.


27 posted on 07/18/2011 12:19:43 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: RitchieAprile

Colorado Springs is certainly not leftist. They are pretty darned conservative. I’m really rather fuzzy on how they got all messed up.


28 posted on 07/18/2011 12:23:29 PM PDT by drbuzzard (different league)
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To: Zakeet
Pretty much Rat and Union playpens, all.

Yepper, let us look at the record shall we? In most cases the Mayor is the CEO but the budget has to passed by City Council or equivalent. Hard to track these city legislative bodies but for the most part they seem all solid Dem.

  1. New York City: Last GOP Mayor Bloomberg(?!) & Gulliani, but Council has been Dem for Generations.
  2. Los Angeles: Last GOP Riordan 2000.
  3. Chicago: The Daleys - need anymore be said.
  4. San Francisco: Last GOP Mayor in 1964.
  5. Pittsburgh: Last GOP Mayor in 1934.
  6. North Las Vegas: Incorporated 1946 - Council-Manager type structure Party affiliation unknown.
  7. San Jose, Calif.: Nonpartisan Mayor?, Current Mayor Chuck Reed claims Democrat
  8. Providence, R.I.: Current & past Mayors for past 10 years Dem.
  9. New Haven: No GOP Mayor since before 1972.
  10. Newark: No GOP Mayor since before 1953.
  11. Stockton, Calif.: Nonpartisan?
  12. Colorado Springs: Nonpartisan?
  13. Costa Mesa, Calif.: Nonpartisan City Council/Mayor/City Manager?
  14. Central Falls, R.I.: Mayor/Council no info about partisanship - Home of the Central Falls High School which fired all teachers and then rehired when union relented about extra work.

Whew, a lot of work here with poor results about specifics but it seems obvious that very few cities have outright GOP domination and many failed cities have generations of Democrat domination.


29 posted on 07/18/2011 12:30:56 PM PDT by SES1066 (1776 to 2011, 235 years and counting in the GRAND EXPERIMENT!)
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To: SES1066

The GOP almost never bothers to field candidates in Pittsburgh anymore. And when they do it is generally somebody ridiculous like a 26 year-old lawyer from Philadelphia. I like to joke about becoming the first Republican Pittsburgh Mayor since Reconstruction, and about how the Pittsburgh GOP Committee will be holding their quarterly meeting in a booth at this particular tavern, etc.

And the reason is obvious. The Democrats provide lots of cushy gubbermint jobs for various naer-do-wells and members of their extended families.


30 posted on 07/18/2011 12:37:35 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Zakeet

Thanks for posting it.


31 posted on 07/18/2011 12:38:28 PM PDT by newzjunkey (At least San Diego didn't make their list.)
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To: fifedom

Public sector workers and their unions are a cancer which will destory their hosts. Nuff said.


32 posted on 07/18/2011 12:40:27 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Obama may not be a natural born citizen, but there is no denying that he is a natural born liar.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Nice to see San Diego leads some list. /s

Our problem is unfunded, exorbitant pensions. Some small progress has been made but the real battle will come on the ballot next year with a reform plan up for a public vote.

33 posted on 07/18/2011 12:41:56 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: Parley Baer

“As federal stimulus money runs dry, states are scaling back on municipal aid and revenue sharing”

Sarah Palin as governor warned early on what would be the result of accepting the stimulus money, and for her efforts she was called a fool.


34 posted on 07/18/2011 12:45:19 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Obama may not be a natural born citizen, but there is no denying that he is a natural born liar.)
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To: SES1066
One of the very few Democrats I have ever voted for. Reed followed decades of union-friendly 'Rats (that had built in these immovable union pension schemes) and had to beat out a union-friendly and union-funded 'Rat to win the Mayorship. Reed is very Republican-friendly and Christian-friendly, not that I've agreed with every decision of his.

Out of ten "non-partisan" city council districts, there's all of one Republican, plus a few that will cross-over on fiscal matters.

35 posted on 07/18/2011 1:34:41 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: Zakeet
#2 - Los Angeles

And that idiot Zex Yaroslavsky was so elated at the weekend that Carmageddon did not happen with the closure of the 405.....saying that people did not have to get in their cars at weekends and go somewhere. They could enjoy staying at home.

Their tax revenue depends upon folks taking trips; buying gas etc.

36 posted on 07/18/2011 1:45:13 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: newzjunkey

Some federal workers more likely to die than lose jobs

Death — rather than poor performance, misconduct or layoffs — is the primary threat to job security at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Management and Budget and a dozen other federal operations.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2011-07-18-fderal-job-security_n.htm

at least DC is still “livin large”.


37 posted on 07/19/2011 9:41:21 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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