The Editorial Board: Federal stimulus money means relief from Brown’s proposed budget for Buffalo | Editorial

The Editorial Board: Federal stimulus money means relief from Brown’s proposed budget for Buffalo |  Editorial

Source buffalonews.com Nevertheless, city taxpayers can be grateful that President Biden and the new Congress did what their predecessors were unwilling even to consider: use the federal government’s clout to make states and municipalities whole after billions of dollars in pandemic-related losses. If some of those losses were less than initially feared, they were substantial nonetheless. The mayor’s budget makes appropriate use of that wise decision.

A “living wage increase,” to $15.84 an hour, an end to Covid-19-caused wage freezes and rising pension costs are among the strains on this year’s budget that the stimulus money will relieve. Stimulus money won’t last forever, so the city will have to make tough choices down the road on covering these costs.

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