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Economy: Municipal Budgets / Scranton, Pennsylvania / Los Angeles, California #1025766

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012
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(Studio: Scott Pelley) The 5th straight year of decline in city budgets noted; statistics on personnel cuts cited.

(Scranton, Pennsylvania: Elaine Quijano) The budget gap in Scranton, Pennsylvania that led to cutting city workers’ pay to minimum wage featured; details given about the unions’ lawsuit against Mayor Chris Doherty††. [Public works employee Robert PUGLIESE††- worries about paying his bills.] [DOHERTY – says we’re trying to balance how we get through this.]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Statistics on public sector job losses cited.

(Los Angeles: Ben Tracy) The impact of the budget problems in Los Angeles on public schools examined; scenes shown of a protest; details given about the teachers’ union agreement to unpaid furlough days and a shorter school year and the upcoming decision for voters on a tax increase. [Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent John DEASY††- says we’ve had 2.1 billion in reductions.] [Teacher Lori ADAMS††- notes the challenge of having more kids in the classroom.]

Pelley, Scott;
Quijano, Elaine;
Tracy, Ben

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