It’s a never-ending cycle. When the economy is up and tax dollars are rolling in, the political/union class and executive/financial class negotiate deals with themselves to take more out, and/or put less in, to the City of New York, the State of New York, and agencies such as the MTA, because there is “plenty of money” and no one needs to be made worse off to pay for it. Secret deals that are barely reported by what is left of the real news media, the portion of it that is willing to question what is going on and who is benefitting. Irrevocable deals, deals guaranteed by contract, or by the constitution, even if those who received little or nothing in exchange, were not party to the negotiations, were not really represented there, and didn’t even know about them, are forced to pay for them.
Then a recession happens, and a budget crisis follows. And the serfs – those who didn’t benefit from the deals, later-born New York taxpayers and service recipients, later hired public employees, those without special deals and privileges – are made even worse off due to circumstances beyond our control, as blame is cast in a circle.
But are those circumstances really beyond anyone’s control? Even if the New York State constitution seems to put them there, that constitution could be changed, with the vote of two consecutive legislatures and a voter referendum. One New York State legislature ends December 31st. Another begins January 1st. Changes to the state constitution could be on the ballot in November, 2021, as New York City residents went to the polls to vote for Mayor and City Council – if the powers that be wanted that happen.Continue reading