City of Miami hires county finance staff to stabilize troubling budget issues

Japan finance minister under fire for Nazi comment

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso is surrounded by reporters at the ministry in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.

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Certainly, hungry home buyers gobbling up real estate and lower pension payouts have helped shore up the citys finances. Perhaps more important, though, is that over the past two years Miami has raided Miami-Dade County of experienced financial administrators. Alfonso spent 17 years at County Hall, serving as a budget coordinator before joining Miami. Two months ago, the city hired 21-year county employee Fernandez to head up finance. He was County Halls controller for PortMiami.

“I also want to remind him that praising the Nazis is considered a crime in EU nations.” The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a group dedicated to keeping alive the history of the Holocaust, urged Aso to “immediately clarify” his remarks. “What ‘techniques’ from the Nazis’ governance are worth learning? How to stealthily cripple democracy?” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said in a statement. “Has Vice Prime Minister Aso forgotten that Nazi Germany’s ascendancy to power quickly brought the world to the abyss and engulfed humanity in the untold horrors of World War II?” In South Korea, Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Tai-young said Aso’s remark “will obviously hurt many people.” “I believe Japanese political leaders should be more careful with their words and behavior,” Cho said.

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