REPORT: Liberal Chicago And New York in Worst Financial Shape Among Large US Cities


Liberal Cities Win ‘Worst Financial Shape’ Award

The most liberal cities in the United States, Chicago and New York, have just been named the two cities that are in the worst financial shape among large U.S. cities.

From The Fiscal Times:

Chicago and New York rank at the bottom of a new analysis of fiscal strength based primarily on data from 2015 financial reports issued by the cities themselves. The analysis includes 116 U.S. cities with populations greater than 200,000. See the full rankings here.

Chicago’s position at the bottom of the ranking is no surprise to anyone who follows municipal finance. The Windy City has become a poster child for financial mismanagement, having suffered a series of ratings downgrades in recent years. Aside from having thin reserves and large volumes of outstanding debt, Chicago is notorious for its underfunded pension plans…

…New York City also carries a very heavy debt burden. According to a report issued by City Comptroller Scott Stringer, New York’s per capita debt greatly exceeds that of all other large U.S. cities, and is even 50 percent higher than that of Chicago.

Well over 75%  of the votes cast for President went to Hillary Clinton in these two cities.





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