How is YOUR state/country/city dealing with the recession?

United States
December 15, 2009 6:52am CST
Our guv is with holding millions already approved for schools because otherwise the state will run out of money. Its that bad. Unemployment is up just through the holiday season, then the winter months should be tougher since most of the manufacturing jobs had moved away years ago. Can't remember times this tough, especially for folks without a high school diploma. The ironic thing is that the Governors popularity is going up and people are responding to the needs of the unemployed as never before. How about where you are?
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@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
16 Dec 09
Well here in Miami all county employees received a 5% paycut that goes into effect in January and will be retroactive to September. In addition 1700 employees were laid off. The cost of public transportation has risen and they have changed the system for taking money from putting coins into the turnstyle to buying a card to use. This gives them more money since people often leave balances on such cards. This of course didn't stop the mayor (who just got voted out) from giving between 10% and 40% pay increases to his cronies. Not only did he give them these raises, but he made them retroactive to September of 2008 in an effort to hide them from the county budget office. The Miami Herald broke the story and this largely led to him getting voted out in the recent election. Oh, the county is also spending millions on a new stadium. You know, nothing but the best for our overpaid baseball players when normal people are suffering. Did I forget to mention that Miami has the 5 highest cost of living in the country with the 6th highest poverty rate?
@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
16 Dec 09
Correction, the mayor didn't get voted out yet. He is in the process of being recalled.
@piasabird (1737)
• United States
16 Dec 09
Well, my state went out and actively campaigned for Gitmo prisoners to come here and be detained in an almost empty prison that was built with our tax dollars. MORONS!
@Hatley (158039)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Dec 09
hi I am also in the US, in southern Ca where the depression is'indeed very depressing. Ca is essentially broke and in debt, and all the schools have had big chunks taken out from the schools. here in Gold Crest a retirement center for people from 60 on up we had some really lovely programs for us seniors run by funds from the Garden Grove public school system, now the programs are being cut and some just will go bye bye come February of next year 2010, No our gov. is not responding to the needs of the unemployed at all. not really. my own son has been jobless for a year now. the places where he could have found a job in other times are cutting back instead of hiring. he is a computer programmer with years of experience and it does not see to be doing him much good.
@DenverLC (1146)
• Philippines
15 Dec 09
We are lucky not to feel its worst negative effects in my country. I hope the most affected places will recover soon for the best.