Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bing Vows Again to Cut Union Pay

Mayor Dave Bing has once again made cutting the pay for the City of Detroit's unionize workforce a priority of his administration. He made a similar vow several months.

I'll refrain from commenting on union pay itself. I've reached the point where I almost think that's secondary.

Instead, I want to express my disappointment in the Bing Administration and their handling of the City's budget problems. Mayor Bing has been in office now for eight months. Cutting union pay was his first step in combating the $300 million deficit that he inherited.

And eight months later, we're still not finished with step one.

This is disappointing, in my opinion. It makes me wonder how many decades it will take to solve the remainder of Detroit's budget problems.

Bing vows again to cut union pay | | The Detroit News

UPDATE @ 1:17 p.m.
I did some quick, back-of-the-envelope calculations, with it taking the Bing Administration eight to nine months to address the issues surrounding union pay - and this only being enough to solve approximately 10 - 15% of Detroit's $300 million deficit - one can deduce that our 2009 budget problems will not be solved until sometime in 2017.

This is much too slow, in my opinion.

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