Budget Season Approaches

The Times reported yesterday on a report from the Civic Federation.  It paints a grim picture of the state budget in the coming years.  with regard to our state funding, we’re taking things one year at a time here at SU.  All of our grants are gone and the state funding we receive comes through the Medicaid Waiver.  Any cuts there would either take the form of cutting rates or paying us even later.  We are hopeful that the rebalancing initiative of closing the state institutions will help stabilize funding for community services, but we’ll have to wait and see.  In the meantime, we’re doing all we can to keep cutting expenses and increasing revenue where we can…getting grants to upgrade to energy-efficient lighting so we save on our electric bills which run $2-4,000/month for our main building, developing our shredding business, continuing to keep the opportunities for community outings for our consumers low,holding onto or increasing our contract jobs, and applying for grants to support what we do.  We worry, but are not overly pessimistic.  We know that we can do amazing things when we all pull together.

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