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Los Angeles seeks $3.9B coronavirus bailout despite increased spending and debt: Report

Added 12-28-20 10:23:02am EST - “Los Angeles ranks among one of the worst tax offenders, a new report by OpentheBooks.com argues.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Los Angeles seeks $3.9B coronavirus bailout despite increased spending and debt: Report”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In a lengthy exposé first published by Forbes, the nonprofit watchdog’s CEO Adam Andrzejewski details a laundry list of taxpayer money spent on high and numerous city employee salaries. Despite increased spending and debt, Los Angeles asked Congress for an additional taxpayer-funded bailout of $3.9 billion.

Last year, roughly 20,000 city employees’ average pay exceeded $147,000, costing taxpayers $3 billion, Open the Books auditors found. Nearly 2,000 employees out-earned California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s salary of $202,000.

Auditors at OpenTheBooks.com uncovered painters who earned $113,943 in yearly salary and benefits, tree surgeons who earned $207,058, police officers who earned $325,942, legislative analysts who earned $399,631, firefighters who earned $486,674, and harbor boat pilots who earned $515,000.

Areas to cut spending could include the mayor’s office, Open the Books suggests, in which seven “deputy mayors” earned $1.44 million with individual salaries each exceeding $200,000.

The mayor’s executive staff is larger than 48 of the 50 state governors, Open the Books notes, employing 261 people in 2019 costing taxpayers more than $20 million in salaries and benefits.

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