Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced Cleveland would be laying off 466 city workers this afternoon. He directly attributed the layoffs to the huge cut in state funding Cleveland is facing in John Kasich’s budget.

According to WEWS in Cleveland the cuts will include:

– 81 police officers
– 42 cadets (will be allowed to graduate, but then will be immediately laid off)
– Police demotions: 4 sergeants
– 51 firefighters
– Fire demotions: 4 battalion chiefs, 3 captains, 10 lieutenants
– 6 employees in building and housing (5 full-time, 1 part-time)
– 17 in public affairs, finance & law
– 79 public works employees (34 full-time, 45 seasonal)
– Municipal court: 37 in judicial, 8 in clerk of court

 
  • Anonymous

     Yawn. I’m not fan of Kasich’s, but what do you expect? That Jackson would attribute the layoffs to his own management of a dying city during the most severe economic downturn in seventy years?

    Nothing to see here folks. Move along.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    466 more on unemployment
    Does he know what that is ? hint: its not job creation.
    Next he will cut unemployment benefits because the workers are “living” off the backs of taxpayers.
    Like hes not !!!!
    Where is that recall bill?
     

  • Anonymous

    turdorman has a point,  layoffs are more about cities’ mismanagement of their own finances than any state cuts to funding. If you looked at the overall budget I’m sure that loss of state funds is a small percentage. 

    Trust me, I am NOT a fan of Kasich, not even a smidge. But these state cuts are being used by cities to layoff employee, when the real problem is their own mismanagement. 

    On the other hand, this is a glaring example of why SB5 is wrong, it gives political leaders ultimate power over police department, fire departments etc and allows them to do whatever they want in the name of the budget. Do any of you trust any politician to do what’s right, rather than hook up their buddies?

  • 4 The Little People

    Hey Plunderbund,  The Dispatch had an article that they buried on Monday, May 16 about a Tea-Party favorite tapped into to sit on the pension panel.   The people attempted to recall this guy, Seth Morgan in 08.  I predicted this one. ..that is that the republicans delayed the decision on our pensions until later in the year.  They sited that they wanted to move slow on this issue because its very important (like SB5 isn’t).  The delay is to see what happpens with SB5 in November and to slant the pension panel so Kasich and the republicans can screw everyone.   Can you report on this? 

  • 4 The Little People

    Hey Plunderbund,  The Dispatch had an article that they buried on Monday, May 16 about a Tea-Party favorite tapped into to sit on the pension panel.   The people attempted to recall this guy, Seth Morgan in 08.  I predicted this one. ..that is that the republicans delayed the decision on our pensions until later in the year.  They sited that they wanted to move slow on this issue because its very important (like SB5 isn’t).  The delay is to see what happpens with SB5 in November and to slant the pension panel so Kasich and the republicans can screw everyone.   Can you report on this? 

  • I don’t care who is the Mayor of Cleveland, getting $35.7 million cut from your budget is going to cause layoffs.

    The money being cut is shared tax money that ALL the cities should be getting. The state has an interest is keeping cities viable so that business will be attracted to them. How many businesses are going to stay in a city/state where the crime rate is high, public services are cut, and schools are underfunded.

    Sure, business/rich get a tax cut but the skilled labor pool needed to work in these companies are going to leave the city/state. The only people left will be your unskilled labor. It won’t be long before companies start to leave because they can’t attract qualified people to fill positions. I’m sure the all the Call Centers/Telemarketers will stay but everything else will go.

    Don’t think Cleveland is going to be only city (big or small) in Ohio that is going to cut services and layoff cops and firemen. There are going to be plenty of others in the near future, including the best managed ones.

  • I don’t care who is the Mayor of Cleveland, getting $35.7 million cut from your budget is going to cause layoffs.

    The money being cut is shared tax money that ALL the cities should be getting. The state has an interest is keeping cities viable so that business will be attracted to them. How many businesses are going to stay in a city/state where the crime rate is high, public services are cut, and schools are underfunded.

    Sure, business/rich get a tax cut but the skilled labor pool needed to work in these companies are going to leave the city/state. The only people left will be your unskilled labor. It won’t be long before companies start to leave because they can’t attract qualified people to fill positions. I’m sure the all the Call Centers/Telemarketers will stay but everything else will go.

    Don’t think Cleveland is going to be only city (big or small) in Ohio that is going to cut services and layoff cops and firemen. There are going to be plenty of others in the near future, including the best managed ones.

  • Anonymous

     You’d think they’d want cities to stay viable, but I’m starting to think that isn’t the case at all. Cities are civic organizations, whereas a good ol’ fashioned “Company Town” (complete with company ‘scrip that has no value outside and therefore prevents people from getting the hell out of Dodgy City) works much better for them. Private security, private money, private banking, and nobody around with anything pesky like oversight, safety, or anti-slavery ideas.

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