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“Bloomberg’s final budget means no tax increase” (Terence M. Cullen, June 27) reminds me of the cartoon character Wimpy, who said “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and her faithful councilmembers have refused to deal with next year’s potential $2 billion shortfall, plus up to $7.8 billion in retroactive back pay to union members who have been working without contracts.

Change in City Hall can only come with the election of a new mayor, comptroller, public advocate and city councilmembers who are independent of municipal labor unions, various liberal special interest groups and local Democratic Party clubhouses who currently dominate municipal government.


Larry Penner




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