Pittsburgh recovery act signed

June 30, 2004 at 3:08 PM
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PITTSBURGH, June 30 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy and City Council President Gene Ricciardi signed an economic recovery act Wednesday that includes $31 million in workforce cuts.

Act 47 was passed on a 5-4 vote by City Council Tuesday and was designed to cover a $72 million shortfall, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The city is waiting for state action on a proposed tax increases totaling $41 million.

Ricciardi, at a signing ceremony, said the measure was important to Pittsburgh's fiscal recovery. Murphy signed his version in private, the newspaper said.

A total of 168 firefighters jobs -- about 20 percent of the current workforce in Pittsburgh -- would be cut and several fire stations would be closed under Act 47. In addition, there would be a two-year wage freeze and healthcare payment increases by city employees.

Union workers have promised to work against any re-election of the council members who voted for Act 47.

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