Monday, October 13, 2008
A great way to honor others
Monday, October 06, 2008
Reclaiming the dream in NE Ohio
Friday, October 03, 2008
Pain of recent state cuts will be felt in counties
The reduction of state funds to county boards and departments forces them to use their local dollars to maintain current service levels. The cuts in these line items does not guarantee shortfalls at the local level, but makes it much more difficult for counties to contend with unexpected events (like the aftermath of Hurricane Ike and power outages last month) or increases in caseloads, when such services are most needed.
While the state is a major provider of health and human service funding, it is the counties (and those they contract with) that actually provide most of the services. Now counties will face difficult choices. Some cost-saving steps being taken across the state have been reported in recent news articles and include: relying more heavily on extra funds generated from recently passed levies, cutting county workforce by offering early retirement or by leaving positions unfilled, cutting back on non-mandated programs including enhanced child visitation or job training, or using waiting lists to manage caseload.
As with most budget issues, the impact doesn’t stop there. The counties provide funds to many nonprofits and providers to actually provide services. Some organizations have already been forced to cut their budgets. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
New State Budget Matters examines budget problem
"What happened in September is that the second round of budget revisions were comprised exclusively to a reduction in anticipated tax revenues, whereas the February shortfall included assumptions about Medicaid spending and reimbursements.... Especially noteworthy is the fact that the new revenue forecasts are halfway between what OBM had projected in February as the 'zero growth' and the 'recession' forecast for 2009."
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