What do you do when times are tough?
Cut essential services, duh.
Worcester was in the extremely awkward position of graduating 32 new police officers, presenting them with badges, and then taking them back. “Sorry guys, our bad.” The Worcester Telegram and Gazetteis reporting that the Worcester Police Department is facing a $5.5 million budget cut and cutting these new recruits will save a cool $1.7 million. The police in Worcester aren’t exactly struggling to put food on their table either: 80 of the 100 highest paid city employees are cops.
Around these parts we have been very critical of the cushy perks a unionized police force receives and rightly so, however now is not the time to be making cuts to police. The economy is in a huge downturn and crime will inevitably rise. Plus, this is Worcester we’re talking about.
Now if you feel bad for the city of Worcester and want to help them out in these trying times you may want to speed in one of these locations. (Thanks Trapster.com)