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Why a Pandemic Budget Is Necessary

By Joel P. Engardio

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo often refers to fighting the coronavirus pandemic as a war. To go with that sentiment, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his city would have to enact a “wartime” budget and cut $2 billion in municipal services over the next year.

In a war like coronavirus, spending must first soar. We spend what it takes to save lives…




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Joel Engardio

Joel Engardio

Forward-thinking + pragmatic Democrat, civil liberties advocate, award-winning journalist, Westside SF homeowner. My local views at

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