Thursday, August 13, 2009

Make Sure the Whole Story is Heard

Recent articles (and here, here, and here) in the local Southeast PA newspapers have done a good job of portraying the hardship endured by children and family service providers whose payments have been delayed due to the state budget impasse. Still, this is only half the story.

Deep cuts to children's services -- those found in Senate Bill 850 -- would have permanent devastating effects for all providers and programs. The crisis being experienced currently by the social service community is a taste of what would come to be a chronic systematic disaster were these cuts to pass.

It's important that our editors understand that children and family service providers want both a swift budget resolution and a budget that fully funds children and family services without deep and harmful cuts.

Please take a few moments to write a letter to the editor in your local community to fully explain this position.

Your voice can lend clarity to the budget crisis and aid our legislators in passing a budget that fully funds kids and families.

To send a letter to the editor via email

Should you want to discuss your letter prior to sending it in or need assistance in coming up with ideas, please feel free to PCCY at (215) 563-5848.

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