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(Wilkes-Barre PA Mayor) Leighton: Layoffs may be announced today
Citizen's Voice ^ | 11-16-12 | Bob Kalinowski

Posted on 11/16/2012 6:34:07 AM PST by P.O.E.

Today could be the day.

Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton said layoffs for city employees will "most likely" be announced today.

The mayor said his staff continued "crunching numbers" throughout Thursday to determine how many furloughs were necessary to plug a budget shortfall. He would not provide an estimate of how many jobs are in jeopardy or what departments would be affected.

"Right now, there's not much to tell you," Leighton said outside City Hall on Thursday. "We have an idea, but I don't have a number."

Officials said the city is facing a estimated $2 million budget deficit, caused by an outstanding payment in taxes by former collector Centax and an overall shortfall in projected revenue amid the bleak economy.

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This has been a long time coming, but the budget deficit train is pulling into the station.

Good thing Obama has a war on coal, domestic drilling, etc. /s

1 posted on 11/16/2012 6:34:10 AM PST by P.O.E.
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To: P.O.E.

for later


2 posted on 11/16/2012 6:35:16 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: P.O.E.

I say cut everybody’s salaries and keep people working, it is less destructive


3 posted on 11/16/2012 6:36:39 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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I say follow the Hostess Bakery model and just shut down unproductive cities, businesses, etc.


4 posted on 11/16/2012 6:40:03 AM PST by Josa
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To: Josa

I can live with that—bye bye Washington DC, you are unproductive


5 posted on 11/16/2012 6:42:58 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

I say cut everybody’s salaries and keep people working, it is less destructive.

I agree.


6 posted on 11/16/2012 6:43:18 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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Yeah, we would never want any cutbacks in government. That would be unAmerican. Government can only grow.


7 posted on 11/16/2012 7:12:36 AM PST by all the best (`~!)
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To: P.O.E.
This particular area of Penn is one of the most economically depressed areas in America. A year or so ago, I read in The Times Tribune (online) where a restauranteur closed shop after many years stating, "NE Penn is and economic basket case!"

Now that Obi has pretty much killed coal, and will restrict fracking, I see little hope of recovery for this area...

8 posted on 11/16/2012 8:02:51 AM PST by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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