NEW YORK: One Step Back from the Brink

New York City may be saved from officially defaulting after all. By the end of last week, the Federal Government had softened its stand against helping the city, and seemed in a mood to approve some $2.5 billion in loan guarantees or other assistance. The shift came after state and city officials had put together a program of new taxes, budget cuts, debt deferrals and bank and pension-fund loans to tide New York over the next three years until its budget is balanced. Said Treasury Secretary William Simon: "They are finally taking the tough steps that they have been saying...

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