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6 May 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

The pandemic is pushing US city budgets into a new age of austerity

By Samuel Horti

Last week, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney unveiled a radically redrawn version of his annual budget, pared back to match the loss of revenue in a locked-down city. If the city follows Kenney’s plan to cut $650 million, the city’s arts office will be eliminated and a new tuition-free aid program for low-income community college students will be scaled back. 

This pandemic-bred budget crisis is a microcosm of the one confronting cities across the US. The federal government’s numerous rounds of aid, including the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, are an attempt to stave off a depression. But these federal efforts could be offset by brutal austerity at the state and local levels, Jake Blumgart reports for CityMetric.

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