Boston Government Jobs Cut Under New Budget
Posted on April 21, 2009
Hundreds of Boston government jobs will be lost under the city’s new budget.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino recently announced that the city has come up with a $2.4 billion budget, which has been submitted to the Boston City Council. While the budget still projects that 565 jobs will still be lost, various cost saving measures were able to save 446 jobs.
These arent numbers, they are people with families who perform critical work, Menino said in a press release. Thats why Im doing everything I can from pursuing more reforms to maximizing Recovery grant dollars, to fighting for the ability to diversify our revenues to save these jobs.
The budget closes a $140 million deficit and focuses on Menino’s priorities in investing in youth, strengthening neighborhoods and growing the local economy. The deficit came from a steep decline in almost all projected tax revenue categories, including a $62.2 million decrease in state aid, as well as increases in expenses, including $55 million for wage and STEP increases for city employees.
The gap would have resulted in as many as 1,000 city job layoffs, but officials were able to take some steps to reduce that number. Measures taken include:
To preserve our gains and make new strides we had to make tough decisions, Menino said in a press release. We had to cut in some areas so we can continue to invest in our priorities the frontline services that you value most. We will not only be able to provide these services in the present but also continue to build a strong foundation for the future.
The $2.4 billion budget is a $5 million increase from the previous fiscal year. Boston Public Schools will see a decrease of 1.9 percent and lose 364 jobs. The Boston Police Department will see a 2.4 percent decrease and lose 123 jobs, while the fire department will see a 4.7 percent decrease.