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其實報紙上每天的蛋、肉價也都很重要,

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報告指出:美國各州市

打算裁掉五十萬就業機會

U.S. Cities, Counties Poised to Cut

500,000 Jobs, Report Finds

n 由於聯邦政府刪除補助預算,
以及不動產稅收金額減少,
美國當地政府可能要減少五十萬個工作機會。

By William Selway - Jul 28, 2010 12:36 AM GMT+0800 Tue Jul 27 16:36:22 UTC 2010

A job seeker waits on hold while calling for unemployment insurance at a Nevada JobConnect career center in Las Vegas. Photographer: Ronda Churchill/Bloomberg

U.S. local governments may cut almost 500,000 jobs through next year to cope with sliding property taxes, a decline in state and federal aid and added need for social services, according to a report released today.

The report, a result of a survey by the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Association of Counties, showed local governments are moving to cut the equivalent of 8.6 percent of their workforces from 2009 to 2011. That suggests 481,000 employees will lose their jobs, according to the report, which said the tally may yet rise.

“Local governments across the country are now facing the combined impact of decreased tax revenues, a falloff in state and federal aid and increased demand for social services,” said the study, which was released in Washington today.

While a separate report by the National Conference of State Legislatures today said U.S. state revenue is recovering from the drop in tax collections caused by the 2007 recession and the slow pace of job growth since, the greatest blow to local governments will be felt from now through 2012, the local groups said.

They called on Congress to pass a bill that would provide $75 billion in the next two years to local governments and community-based groups to stoke job growth and forestall deeper cuts.

Such a move may face political obstacles. Governors have appealed to Congress to extend additional aid to cover the cost of providing health care under Medicaid, the state-run program for the poor. The proposal stalled in the Senate, where the Republican minority has raised concern about the size of the federal deficit.

Property Taxes

The local groups said their budgets are likely to be hit by a drop in property taxes, which trail changes in home values because of the way assessments are calculated. Although prices peaked in 2006, property taxes paid to state and local governments kept rising until the first three months of this year, according to annual totals compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Over the next two years, local tax bases will likely suffer from depressed property values, hard-hit household incomes and declining consumer spending,” the report said.

The need for state and local governments to balance their budgets has weighed on the economy, damping the recovery. Spending fell at an annual pace of 3.8 percent during the first three months of this year, the steepest drop since the onset of the recession, according to U.S. Commerce Department. By June, local governments had cut their payrolls to 14.4 million from 14.6 million, according to the U.S. Labor Department data adjusted to take account of seasonal variations.

Distressed Cities

The fiscal strains have pushed some local governments into distress. In 2008, Vallejo, California, filed for bankruptcy protection. Reading, Pennsylvania, last year sought refuge under the state’s program for distressed municipalities. This month, a state appointed receiver took over in Central Falls, Rhode Island, a cash-strapped town of 19,000.

Ron Loveridge, the mayor of Riverside, California, one of the areas worst affected by home foreclosures, said cities are struggling to meet the basic needs of their communities, such as running parks, libraries and fire departments.

“For local governments, unemployment and foreclosures resulting from the Great Recession translate into too few revenues making it increasingly difficult to fund or satisfactorily maintain many basic services,” Loveridge, who is also the president of the National League of Cities, said in a statement.

原文(全)連結:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-27/job-cuts-of-500-000-next-year-predicted-for-cities-counties-over-budget.html

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  • luceamor
  • 嗯,
    我現在也自然而然的會去注意米、蛋、肉等民生物資漲價的新聞。

    進入後半年了,
    前半年電子業一片大好,
    公司業務部門預估明、後年也都會在幾乎滿載的狀況下營運,
    整個未來政策就以此為前提企劃,
    沒想到才進入八月,
    電子業就以相當大的幅度向下修正,
    現在因為填產能的問題,
    業務部門直接將錯誤決策造成的壓力施加在我們研發部門…

    錯誤的評估造成錯誤的決策,
    錯誤的決策造成錯誤的結過,
    公司方針不是我能掌控的,
    但至少我能掌控自己的未來。
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  • 加州Maywood鎮將警政外包給郡政府

    The entire Maywood, Calif., police force is being laid off. The city will be policed by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

    By Tami Luhby, senior writer

    July 1, 2010: 8:00 AM ET


    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Tiny Maywood, Calif., laid off every single one of its city employees on Wednesday.

    But that doesn't mean the city is closing up shop. City Hall will still be open, as will Maywood's park and recreation center. Police will continue to patrol the streets.

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    diggEmail Print CommentThey just won't be staffed by Maywood employees. The city can't have any staff because it can't get liability or worker's compensation insurance for them. Maywood's carrier, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, dropped it earlier this month in part because of several police-related claims.

    Instead of declaring bankruptcy, Maywood officials decided to outsource all city functions. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will patrol the streets, while the neighboring city of Bell will cover other city functions, such as staffing City Hall.

    Maywood already relies on contract workers and outsources many city services. The director of parks and recreation, for instance, is a contractor, and the city's lights, landscaping and street sweeping are handled by private companies. Los Angeles County maintains the library and fire department.

    Some of Maywood's 96 employees -- which include 41 police officers -- will also continue as contract workers. Elected officials, such as the city council and the city clerk, will remain on the job in the 1.5-square-mile municipality, which has about 45,000 residents.

    "Odds are residents will see the same faces as in years past, just under a different administrative process," said Magdalena Prado, the city's community relations director, who is a contract worker and is keeping her post.

    Maywood is billing itself as the first American city to outsource all of its city services. In an odd twist, officials say it can provide even better services because the shift will help it save money and close a $450,000 shortfall in its $10 million general fund budget.

    For instance, the contract with the sheriff's department costs about half of the more than $7 million spent annually to maintain the Maywood police department, Prado said. And patrols will be increased.

    "Our community will continue to receive quality services," Mayor Ana Rosa Riso said in a statement. "Maywood's streets will continue to be swept, our summer park programs will continue to operate and our waste will be collected and hauled as scheduled."

    Stressed cities
    A growing number of cities are looking to contract out or share services regionally as the economic downturn takes its toll on municipal budgets.

    "Everything is on the table," said Chris Hoene, research director at the National League of Cities. "The fiscal stress cities are feeling mean they are looking for alternative options to deliver services that cost less money."

    Some 7 in 10 city officials said they are cutting personnel to balances their budgets, while another 68% are holding off on capital projects, according to a survey the league did in May. More than half of respondents say they will make to further slash city services next year if taxes or fees are not raised.

    Not everyone is distressed by Maywood's unusual plan for providing city services. While Jesus Padilla feels sorry for the workers being affected, he thinks things might improve. He's made lots of calls to the county sheriff's department when he worked as a security guard and said officers always responded promptly.

    "The council made the best decision it could," said Padilla, a local activist who has lived in Maywood for more than 30 years. "It's going to be good for the city and the citizens."