you asked for it, and you've got it.
NEW YORK (CBS) ― Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going to cut the city work force by 3,000, but that's just the beginning of the pain New Yorkers will feel as part of the fiscal crisis. A slew of new taxes are also on the agenda.
There will be 1,000 fewer cops, but the city will hire 200 more traffic agents to give out $60 million a year in new block-the-box tickets.
You might not be able to get a cop in an emergency, but you can get a parking ticket! Woohoo, revenue for the city!
The spending cuts mean reducing the city work force. The revenue increases mean taxes -- lots of taxes.
In the current fiscal year there's the 7 percent property tax hike that starts in January -- and the plan to renege on a promised $400 property tax rebate.
"I think the people of the city are going to be enraged," City Councilman Simcha Felder, D-Brooklyn, said. "They've been told the check is in the mail on the rebate."
Yeah, well, they stuck Bloomberg back in office, so tough. You actually thought he'd give you any of your money back?
The mayor proposed raising the income tax by either 7.5 percent or 15 percent.
Of course he did; it's what is currently called a 'liberal' always does when they have a chance.
But not everyone thinks the tax hikes will help the city's finances.
"Increasing the personal income tax would be a disaster for the city," said Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute. "It's hard to overestimate that fact. We've already got the highest local personal income tax in the nation."
Well, let's see, Massachusetts has been bleeding population and jobs due to their taxes(among other things), yet they decided against a tax cut; think the people in NYEffin'C are any smarter? Considering who they just stuck back in the mayor's office, I doubt it.
The mayor said he thought his proposals would generate some lively discussion with the City Council.
Yes, discussion which Mayor For Life Bloomberg will silence if it doesn't go his way. Ah, Comrades, you asked for it.