Amid daily news of private sectors suffering the recession, COVID-19 is also forcing two major cities into fiscal crises.
On September 2, the Los Angeles City Council voted to pursue city workers’ furloughs. This movement followed the council’s approval of a declaration of fiscal emergency that Mayor Eric Garcetti had made the week prior.
During his annual State of the City address in April, Mayor Garcetti announced plans to manage the city’s economic distress. Citing the impact of COVID-19, he explained the need for action including civilian workers’ furloughs over the coming fiscal year. The furloughs will affect nearly 16,000 L.A. city workers from October 2020 through June 2021.
Similarly, on September 16, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to furlough his of…