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Miami's Budget Director a Budget Casualty

Miami's new City Manager is cleaning house



    Miami's Budget Director a Budget Casualty
    Local union president Charlie Cox places tombstones to represent the 67 city workers who may become victims of Miami's budget cuts.

    One of the men in charge of Miami's purse strings got the ax Monday, continuing the city's new regime's house cleaning efforts to fix a city in financial shambles.

    Michael Boudreaux, the city's budget director, was fired for a series of money transfers that helped balance past city budgets, but merely masked the deep hole city spending was falling into.

    The transfers came from capital project accounts that funded infrastructure and building improvements, but work on those projects kept going despite the money being moved to the general fund, reports the Miami Herald.

    Instead of double-dipping, it was more like double digging - as in digging the city's financial grave.

    New City Manager Wants to "Do it for the Right Reasons"

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    Miami's new City Manager, Carlos Migoya, says he's ready -- and he's doing it all for free.
    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010)

    "The people in Capital Improvements were not told to stop spending money against it,'' new City Manager Carlos Migoya said.

    No word if he offered Boudreaux the chance to work for free like him, but we doubt it.

    Boudreaux doesn't plan on taking the termination laying down and has said he will sue the city. He made $190,000 a year while helping guide the city into accumulate the $118-million budget gap it faced this fiscal year.