Budget Impasse Affects Schools

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, August 9, 2007

Most of the children at this Sacramento-area child-care center come from low-income families.  So the center’s money comes almost entirely from the state-which can’t pay up without a budget.   Alysson Kurtz is Executive director of the National Human Development Foundation – which started the center.  

“We’ve had to cut off paying our suppliers of groceries equipment and materials as of June, hoping to save money to operate during the summer.  At this point in time, it’s just gone on too long. We are now with three weeks worth of payroll in our bank account.”

Kurtz says if there’s no budget soon, they may close their doors.  In addition, State School Superintendent Jack O’Connell says schools don’t know exactly how much money to expect for the coming year:

"It’s more difficult to plan how many teachers to hire, how many textbooks you can buy, how many computers you can have.

The budget has been held up in the State Senate.  Republicans want more cuts, and changes to state environmental law.