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孟菲斯市长沃顿新年演说祝福2015年
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               充满乐观和信心的一年

                    -------孟菲斯市长沃顿新年演说祝福2015

       Memphis mayor looks to 2015 with a 'sense of optimism and confidence'   

                     

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton has high economic expectations for 2015.

"There is a brighter day, there is a light at the end of the tunnel," he told dignitaries from across Memphis Shelby County at Councilman Myron Lowery's annual prayer breakfast Thursday morning. The 24th annual event gives citizens their first glimpse of the top issues for the coming year.

Local leaders kicked off the New Year with talk of recent economic coups, juxtaposed with money challenges.

Wharton sees marked progress, after The Great Recession and predatory lending struggles.

He named companies in and on the way to Memphis, "Electrolux, Mitsubishi, Target, Nike, Bass Pro Shops. Yes, it (Bass Pro) will open in May," he listed for the audience. Wharton says the goal now is to train people for coming jobs." We've come up with the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce to take people where they are and get ready for these jobs that are coming in here," he explained.

Wharton has a bold goal to restore cuts to city employee salaries through greater efficiencies. "A few months ago, we came up with an idea for a new way to pave potholes that doesn't require as many employees. That's an efficiency," Wharton elaborated.

Council Chairman Jim Strickland says the employees deserve it, but finding the money is a challenge. "We still owe another $25 million just for the pension and the debt,” Strickland explained.

Wharton says the predatory lending lawsuit against Wells Fargo paid off. "Over 300 families now, for the first time, own homes,” he said. “The amount of money pumped into Memphis: $425 million for home loans."

Congressman Steve Cohen laid out his economic priorities to help the effort on the federal level. "The main thing is to provide middle class jobs with middle class benefits,” he said. “Health care benefits that work. Minimum wage,  very important. Infrastructure jobs,  extremely important and a fair tax system."

All in all, leaders have a positive economic outlook for 2015 with yet another quest to find more efficiency in the New Year.

    本报记者综合报道  201511日上午,在孟菲斯市市议员Myron Lowery举办的第二十四届一年一度的新年祷告早餐会上,孟菲斯市市长AC沃顿向与会者表达了他对2015年孟菲斯市经济成长的极高预期,称2015年将是充满乐观和自信的一年。

    “拨开云雾见天日,守得云开见月明,隧道尽头总有亮光,明天将更加美好”,孟菲斯市市长AC沃顿以此为开头来形容他对2015年的期许。在早餐会的讲话中,市长沃顿细数2014年在经济危机和金融贷款危机后孟菲斯市所取得的成就。“伊莱克斯(Electrolux),三菱(Mitsubishi),靶子商店(Target),耐克(Nike),Bass Pro户外商店正在或将要进驻孟菲斯,是的,Bass Pro户外商店就在五月份正式开业”!

    市长首先逐一列举那些将要进驻孟菲斯,并为当地带来大量工作就业机会的大型企业,并表示未来工作的目标是要培养当地的民众能够胜任这些即将到来的工作机会,“我们为了形成更加有竞争力的人力资源而要组成大孟菲斯地区联盟(Greater Memphis Alliance),要把这些工人送到真正适合他们的岗位上去。”

    此外,与富国银行(Wells Fargo)之间的关于掠夺性贷款的诉讼拉锯战也终于告一段落,“超过300个家庭,第一次拥有了自己的住房,并且为孟菲斯地区注入了4.25亿美元的房屋贷款”,市长沃顿这样对与会者解释说。

    在阐述2015年的计划时,市长沃顿表示除了要使当地的民众能够胜任未来的工作外,他最大的目标是通过提高工作的效率,减少人员开支,进而恢复对市政公务人员发放的社会福利和养老金水平。他甚至用举例来向与会者进行说明,“就在几个月前,我们已经成功的研发了新的铺路方法,这一方法并不需要太多的人力来支持”,通过提高效率,我们不需要雇佣太多的人,那么这样财政能够支付给每个人的社会福利和养老金水平将有大幅的提升。

    国会第九区参议员Steve Cohen也到场参加了会议并发表演讲,他表示,他将继续在联邦政府层面支持孟菲斯地区的经济发展,“最主要的是为中等收入家庭提供相应的社会福利,医疗保险很重要,最低工资也非常重要,而更加重要的则是我们能够从联邦政府层面为民众提供基础设施建造业的工作机会,并维持一个公平公正合理的联邦赋税体系”。

    虽然憧憬是好的,但是现实也不容乐观。市议会主席Jim Strickland表示2015年养老金和债务的缺口仍将达到2500万美元,大批警务人员和消防员因社会福利和养老金减少而提交辞呈,治安仍不见好转等。

    此外,2015年孟菲斯市长沃顿将继续谋求连任,但到目前为止已经有人向其提出挑战,连任能否成功仍然是未知数。(阳光报道)


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