United Way of York County hosting forum Friday on proposed state budget

The United Way of York County is hosting a forum Friday about the proposed state budget, according to a news release.

Representatives from the Governor’s Budget Office and human service agencies in York County will attend the event. It is taking place at the Salvation Army, 50 East King Street, York.

The event is open to the public.

More details, including how to register in advance, after the jump:

Here is the full release:

York, PA – On May 17th at 8:30 am, representatives from the Governor’s Budget Office and human service agencies in York County will gather at The Salvation Army, 50 East King Street, York, PA 17401, where the United Way of York County will host a PA Budget Forum.  The forum will open with a presentation by Peter Tartline, PA Governor’s Office, and Executive Deputy Secretary of the Budget. Tony Ross, President of the United Way of Pennsylvania, will follow with a presentation on the human services aspects of the budget.

Mr. Ross also will share the results of a recently released survey of nearly 800 Pennsylvania non-profit human service agencies that details the impact of the economy and the last year of budget cuts on services.  The results were sobering.  69% of agencies received a funding cut in the 2012-13 state budget, and 89% also received less federal funds.  In order to deal with the cuts, 48% have decreased program hours, 38% have canceled programs completely, and 51% have furloughed staff, thus increasing the rolls of the unemployed at a difficult time. These cuts are occurring as the need for services provided by local nonprofits grows.  76% of the agencies responding to the survey indicated there has been an increase in demand for their services as a result of the slowly recovering economy.

A panel discussion, moderated by J.T. Hand, chair of United Way of York County’s Public Policy Committee will follow.   Members of the panel are Michelle Hovis; Executive Director of York County Human Services, Kate Orban; Superintendent of York Suburban School District, Jenny Englerth; Executive Director of Family First Health and Larry Richardson; President and CEO of the York County YMCA.

The forum is free and open to the public.  To register for the forum, please go to www.unitedway-york.org  and click on the “Budget Forum” icon or email Lindsay Zeglen at zeglenl@unitedway-york.org  or call Lindsay at 717-843-0957.

About Ed Mahon

County government and politics reporter at York Daily Record/Sunday News.
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