The US city of New Orleans is sacking 3,000 workers, about half of its workforce, after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Mayor Ray Nagin said he wished he could keep the employees on the payroll, but added that the city was not earning enough revenue.
"We've talked to local banks and other financial institutions, and we are just not able to put together the financing necessary to continue to maintain our city hall staffing at its current levels," said Mayor Nagin.
What great service the banks, financial institutions and authorities have shown themselves to provide in the people's true hours, weeks and months of need.
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