What is the most important fact about Mayor DeBlasio’s budget proposal?
The unsaid. During the Bloomberg Administration the “Budget Summary” document had included summary tables that showed how much money was spent on each agency for wages and salaries, how much for pensions, how much for other benefits, how much for interest, how much for lawsuits, how much for other non-personnel costs such as contracts and supplies, and how much of each function is funded by the city, and how much by other layers of government.
Last year DeBlasio provided that table for his budget proposal, but not for past years. But I was able to make a comparison with that table from prior years and write this post.
This year DeBlasio has apparently ordered that this information be omitted from the Budget Summary altogether, which is exactly the sort of stuff I fear we can expect from Trump.