Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Sees "Draconian" Cuts Ahead in Obama's Budget

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Sees "Draconian" Cuts Ahead in Obama's Budget

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Although the nation needs investment in infrastructure and education, among other areas, US Conference of Mayors President Antonio Villaraigosa says Congress' past bad behavior mean President Obama's budget will likely have serious spending cuts.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) is currently president of the US Conference of Mayors. He previously served as speaker of the California Assembly. He was the guest speaker at the Jan. 18 Monitor breakfast in Washington.

The economic outlook for American cities:

"There is a great deal of economic malaise throughout the country.... It will take about five years for many of our cities to regain the jobs that were lost before this recession."

Predictions that President Obama's 2013 budget will include cuts that hit cities:

"Anybody who saw the [debt ceiling] deal last summer and then the failure of the super committee to do anything to resolve this stalemate ... knew that there were going to be serious and draconian cuts. …

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