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FYI: The mayor's plan to save $75 million by reorganizing and consolidating social service programs without cutting actual services doesn't live up to its billing, according to the Independent Budget Office. On the heels of its gloomy analysis of the mayor's overall 2004 budget last week, the IBO released yesterday a damning analysis of the mayor's social services reform plan, saying about $39 million of the savings will in fact come from service cuts, primarily to after-school programs and job training, or from shifting costs to the nonprofit groups that contract with the city to provide said services. Mayor Bloomberg's plan asserts the savings would come from replacing city funds with federal funds in some cases, reducing administrative costs by closing the Department of Employment and consolidating programs in six other agencies and replacing the most costly programs with cheaper versions. [5/20/03]

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