New York City is planning to terminate up to 22,000 of the city’s municipal jobs unless Congress includes direct aid for states and cities in the new coronavirus relief bill, reports AM New York. The current version of the bill proposed by Senate Republicans includes no funding for states.
“This plan literally provides zero support for state governments that are getting through this crisis, that are struggling just to keep basic services going to provide the health services people need to make sure that our first responders and healthcare heroes still have their jobs… it literally misses the opportunity to help us fight back,” said the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, who went on to call the bill a “non-starter.”
The city is eyeing an October 1 start date for city layoffs in an attempt to close a $9 billion tax revenue related gap. The cuts would affect municipal workers across all city departments.
Read more about NYC’s potential cuts to municipal jobs, which will occur unless Congress approves federal aid for the city, here.