No Fiscal Hawk

The Story

Mayor de Blasio recently spoke of himself as a hardliner when it comes to fiscal responsibility, a “hard a** about our surpluses and protecting our reserves.” He needs to be, he says, because Washington, Albany, and his predecessors in the mayor’s office have lacked commitment to funding city infrastructure. Rhetoric aside, de Blasio’s approach to budgeting and savings has been far from hawkish.  

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Reserve: New York City’s preliminary budget for the next fiscal year calls for putting $1 billion annually into reserves, which sounds like a lot, but which would be spent in months if there were a recession. Read more.

  2. Raise: De Blasio gave city employees retroactive pay raises, and scheduled them to be paid many years after the work was originally performed–putting a strain on the budget well into the future. Read more.

  3. Health: The mayor falsely claims that health care costs are going down, when in fact they will rise more than 20% over the next three years. Read more.

“To make his budgets add up, de Blasio has pushed much of the cost for past spending into the future.”

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

What the Rich Give to New York By Nicole Gelinas (Summer 2014)

“The city’s private wealth pays for its vast public assets — which benefit everyone, especially the poor.”

Scheduling Note


In observance of President's Day, the Beat will resume on Wednesday, February 21.

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