I noted, last July, the dire fiscal straits in which the northeastern Pennsylvania city of Scranton found itself. Now Wilkes-Barre, a similar city in the region, is finding itself in a similar situation:
By Bob Kalinowski (Staff Writer)
Published: November 16, 2012
Today could be the day.
Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton said layoffs for city employees will “most likely” be announced today.
The mayor said his staff continued “crunching numbers” throughout Thursday to determine how many furloughs were necessary to plug a budget shortfall. He would not provide an estimate of how many jobs are in jeopardy or what departments would be affected.
“Right now, there’s not much to tell you,” Leighton said outside City Hall on Thursday. “We have an idea, but I don’t have a number.”
Officials said the city is facing a estimated $2 million budget deficit, caused by an outstanding payment in taxes by former collector Centax and an overall shortfall in projected revenue amid the bleak economy.
More at the link.
Mayor Leighton is not one of those evil Republicans about whom the Democrats have so often warned the public about; he is a Democrat, as has been every Mayor of Wilkes-Barre for decades. The Obama economy that the voters so recently approved is hitting those Democrats who voted for it. Indeed, since the President did far better among lower-income voters than did Mitt Romney, while Governor Romney was the choice of the more productive voters, it seems that the people who will suffer more in the Obama economy are the very people who voted to continue with it.
Or, put another way, the people who have done the best under the Obama economy were the ones more likely to want to change things, apparently believing that they would do even better, while the people who were not as successful under President Obama were more likely to vote for four more years of the same thing. Now, they are reaping what they have sown.
Irony is just so ironic.