In Miami, Detroit, and San Jose Unions Face Pay Cuts

NPR reports that cities and states are making significant cuts to public sector salaries in order to balance their books. To close Miami’s $105 million deficit, public employee benefits and salaries were slahsed by $80 million. They had little choice. City Commissioner Suarez notes without the cut employee costs would have been 101 percent of the total budget. Detroit’s Mayor Dave Bing is cutting salaries and benefits by 10 percent. (The culmination of a year-long standoff with AFSCME to cut wages)