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Sheriff And Fire Department Argue For Bigger Slice Of City Budget

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Charles Maldonado
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The Lens
Firefighters protested outside New Orleans City Hall before the start of Friday's budget hearings, which looked at the Fire Department's budget and under-funded pension.

It's that time of year again, when the mayor and city council hash out a final budget plan for the city. Hearings started last week.

Mayor Landrieu's proposed $500 million budget is tight, but there are very few major cuts to city services, and no layoffs or furloughs for workers. In fact, if his administration's predictions are correct, the city will end up with it's first budget surplus in years.

But, that’s not the full story. The city may be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in additional expenses in overdue pension payments for firefighters, and improvements to the city’s jail.

Reporter Charles Maldonado covers City Hall for The Lens. He talks with WWNO's Jack Hopke about what's at stake in this latest round of budget wrangling.

Jack is a Program Host and Producer at WWNO and has been with the station since 2003. He hosts and produces Saturday Night Jazz. He also serves as the station's Public Service and Jazz Coordinator.

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