Friday, August 28, 2009

Devastating Impact of the Budget Impasse

To keep you updated on the budget crisis, below are some articles we recently saw:


Child Care Hard Hit by Pennsylvania Petty Politics – On September 1, JoAnna Collins, co- owner and Early Educational Director of Creative Play Day School will have to lay off 21 of 27 employees and will no longer be able to care for children whose parents pay for their care with funding from the state.

Service Agencies in Crisis over Pa. Budget Impasse – “Senior centers have cut staff hours. Adults who want to learn to read are told to wait, and classes have been cut. Agencies that help bathe and feed people with disabilities have sought hundreds of thousands of dollars on credit, not knowing when the state will reimburse them or if their credit will run out.”

School Districts Fight to Stay Above the Water – Schools have either started the school year or will start it soon, without funding from the state that many need to keep their doors open.

Class Must Go On – “‘Because we are a poor school district, having missed a second subsidy payment creates jeopardy for all of our educational programs,’ [Altoona Area School District Superintendent Dennis Murray] wrote. ‘It makes us very nervous about being able to meet payroll in the very near future.’”

Cambria Eyes Cuts as Funds Dwindle
– Due to the budget impasse, Cambria County is edging closer to layoffs or shortened work weeks for some human services employees and has been forced cut some important services.


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