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November 13, 2008

Federalism 2008

by Brad Warbiany

States and cities are lining up for a bailout…

From California:

Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) on Tuesday urged the federal government to bail out states as well as banks.

“We think that with the state of California about to go over a cliff, we ought to be part of the bailout as well,” she said at a news conference. “Can we have $5 billion or $10 billion?”

To Atlanta:

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin said Wednesday the city will have its employees cut their hours — and pay — by 10 percent each week to help weather an expected budget shortfall of $50 million to $60 million. The pay and hour cuts affect 4,600 city employees.

The mayor said the city needs a “federal rescue plan” in addition what it is doing.

Why shouldn’t they? It’s “free” money, right?

Hat Tip: Jason Pye, Billy Beck

PS: Akston, thanks for the offer. I think we’ll take you up on it.

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