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Smart Talk: How are most vulnerable being impacted by budget impasse?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 3, 2015 10:10 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, November 3, 2015:

Many were shocked when they heard the Community Progress Council of York County was closing for three weeks over the next two months because the non-profit organization wasn't receiving money from the state.

The Community Progress Council is one of hundreds of social services agencies that are being impacted while Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican leaders in the legislature remain at odds over a state budget -- a stalemate that has lasted more than four months.

The move will put 250 Community Progress Council employees out of work for those three weeks and cease providing aid to early childhood education and women and infant nutrition programs as well as rent assistance for homeless people.

Easter Seals of Western and Central Pennsylvania hasn't announced a deadline yet, but say the organization may have to cut back or suspend services to the mentally and physically disabled unless a budget agreement is reached soon.

WITF's Gridlocked project that takes a closer look at the impact of the budget impasse focuses on non-profit social service agencies during Tuesday's Smart Talk.

Appearing on the program are Robin Rohrbaugh, president and CEO of the Community Progress Council of York County and Matthew Ernst, director of Therapeutic Recreation with Easter Seals of Western and Central Pennsylvania.


Robin Rohrbaugh and Matthew Ernst

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