Central Valley Still Facing Hard Times Despite New Budget

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Central Valley is one of the most economically challenged regions in the country. An Unemployment rate well into double digits has social service agencies running short on resources.

Local officials are pleased that a state budget seems imminent because at least they know how much help they’re going to get from Sacramento.

David Hosley Executive Director of the Modesto-based Great Valley Center says the state budget gives local officials the opportunity to get the most from available resources. 

"They now know what their base is in our cities and our counties. And there’s a great deal of discussion and cooperation going on now to see if we can make good decisions about providing these essential services." 

Officials warn that even with a state budget in place, social service agencies will still be pressed to meet growing demands. One official says the needy will have to depend more on assistance from non-profit agencies such as food banks.