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Special Report (City In Crisis) #241547

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 20, 1975
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(Studio) Report on cost of New York City services.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(NYC) New York City doesn't look like it's going bankrupt. 18,000 city workers laid off. Garbage collection reduced. Police protest periodically. This yr.'s budget $12 billion. 1 million on welfare and city workers paid highly. New York City welfare recipients get $159.52 and Chicago $213.66, excluding Medicaid. Av. municipal worker's yearly wage is $12,744 for New York City and $12,124 in Chicago. Boston, Milwaukee and Chicago citizens pay more taxes.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

(Chicago, Illinois) Cost of schools, higher education, health, welfare, courts, prisons parks and sewerage disposal paid for by state, cnty., or special district govts. NYC's $12 billion budget would shrink to $3 billion if budgeted like Chicago. Chicago's $1 billion budget would grow to $4 billion if budgeted like NYC. In NYC, suburbanite pays less for welfare and health than city dweller.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

(NYC) [New York comptroller Harrison GOLDIN - says not being able to widen tax base is disadvantage.] Health system in New York City per capita costs $171.40; costs $102.49 in Chicago. Med. assistance $239.82 in NYC; $155.47 in Chicago. Chicago costs for police is $89.20 per capita; New York City pays $133.55. City colleges take $82.37 in NYC; $37.46 in Chicago. New York City University free; fee charged for Chicago schools. New York City has 67 teachers per 1000 pupils; Chicago has 55. [New York City club Joel HARNETT - says 60% budget goes for salaries, fringe benefits and pensions. New York City spends too much for services.]
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

Reporter(s):
Mudd, Roger;
Schakne, Robert
Duration:
00:04:50

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