Thursday, August 25, 2011

Texas nonprofits, facing state and federal cuts, see plenty of doom and gloom

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Last week, the San Antonio Nonprofit Council, aka SANCouncil, held an advocacy conference. Representatives from state and federal government were there, along with many local nonprofit leaders and staff. They came to get a handle on budget cuts and what it means for their organizations and the people they serve.

Here's some quick info:

  • Texas Representative Charles Gonzalez gave the skinny on the Congressional budget vote. $900 billion is being cut from the budget for 2012, 2013, and 2014.
  • The Super Committee is required to cut an additional $1.2-1.5 trillion.
  • In November, if the Super Committee recommendations do not pass muster, $600 billion will be cut from discretionary spending and $600 billion from the military
  • Texas State Representatives Joaquin Castro and Mike Villarreal told attendees state cuts were about 15% below current spending levels.

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As if these cuts aren’t bad enough, the one-third of the state budget that comes out of Washington will also be compromised.

So, is it doom and gloom for our nonprofits?

Here’s what Scott McAninch, executive director of San Antonio Nonprofit Council says:

Many of our member agencies of the San Antonio Nonprofit Council are facing cuts to the very programs that serve the most vulnerable in our community – when our legislature voted on the budget cuts this past session and chose not to use more of the rainy day fund to help balance the budget – they undermined the work that the nonprofit community provides.

Services that the nonprofits will be forced to cut now will only lead to increased costs to state government and the citizens of Texas in the future. Not balancing the state budget with a combination of cuts and increasing revenue streams was a miss. 'Kicking the can down the road' was the message that came out of this legislative session.

 

Texas already ranks tops in the nation for the most residents without healthcare insurance and one in four children faces hunger. In 2010, 4.3 million people in Texas lived in poverty, an 11 percent increase from the previous year. And our dropout rate is staggering. How can Governor Perry have the gall to run for president on that record?

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