Thursday, May 12, 2005

Next Pittsburgh Mayor Faces Budget Cuts

Next Pittsburgh Mayor Faces Budget Cuts The city has $1 billion worth of debt, it has been reduced to no-frills budgets _ this year's did not even include money to fix potholes _ and it has two quasi-governmental boards that have a tight hold on the city's purse strings.

Seven Democrats and one Republican are running to succeed Mayor Tom Murphy, who is not seeking a fourth term.

'Right now I'd be happier with anything but what we've had,' said Jim Mannella, 48, lifelong Pittsburgh resident. 'I'm not sure how much better it can be.'

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