The fun begins in Boston. From yesterday's Boston Globe piece "City lays out diagram of where pain will be felt" (Here's a hint--it won't be felt by the multimillionaire governor or his friends!):
Lisa Signori, the city's budget chief, said the city has already decided to eliminate about $315,000 in grants to youth and after-school programs. The list of other potential cuts is long. She said the city could save $4 million by taking back money the Boston public schools have budgeted for substitute teachers and school supplies for the rest of the school year; $2 million by scrapping primary-care grants to neighborhood health centers; $500,000 by cleaning downtown streets three days a week instead of every day; $300,000 by laying off park rangers; $300,000 by cutting back on vacant-lot cleanups; $200,000 by not hiring additional workers for the annual cleanup of parks and streets; and about $100,000 by closing the main Boston Public Library in Copley Square on Sundays.Let me get this straight--Romney goes on and on about how education is a priority, which he will then demonstrate by slashing youth programs, eliminating substitute teachers and school supplies (what, exactly, is supposed to happen now when teachers have to call in sick?), and of course, laying off teachers? That cut in grants to neighborhood health centers is also particularly ominous, as many people without health insurance rely on these centers. Sigh... somehow I doubt seeing Mitt's photogenic smile on TV will be very comforting to the city workers who will lose their jobs.
Signori said the jobs program for next summer is in danger, and the city is considering furloughs for city workers and additional layoffs - and teachers will not be immune.