Mental health providers said they won’t be able to sustain any more funding cuts and some may be forced to stop providing critical services to those most vulnerable.
The governor’s office has previously ruled out tax hikes as a way to raise revenue. Clinic psychologist Dr. Philip Guzman worried some of the cuts may come from programs that offer help to those with mental health and developmental problems.
Comptroller Kevin Lembo now puts the shortfall at $415 million due to lower than expected revenues and overspending in Medicaid and social services. A spokesman said Gov. Dannel Malloy disagrees with the comptroller’s deficit projection, saying it is about 12 percent too high.
He’s vowing not to raise property taxes in the current political climate, but with sales taxes down, and revenues from red light cameras down, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano still faces a staggering budget deficit.
The budget task force has determined the town is facing a financial crisis caused by years of “fiscal mismanagement and wasteful spending.”
Originally the plan called for 464 layoffs but County Executive Steve Bellone had revised the list to reduce the number of those being let go while reaping the same savings.
County Executive Steve Bellone has said the books for 2011 are likely to close with a $33 million deficit. The 2012 budget gap estimate is $148 million and grows to $349 million in 2013.
The county estimates that with the additional red light cameras and by processing its own traffic violations they could make some $20 million annually.
In New York’s fourth largest city, the budget crisis is so severe that there has been talk of a state takeover. Rescue talks in Yonkers are going down to the wire.
Major layoffs are looming in New York’s fourth largest city. Yonkers is facing yet another budget crisis, with schools enduring much of the pain.
In a picture hanging in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s inner office, Cuomo is a young housing secretary at a Democratic dinner dais where his father, then-Gov. Mario Cuomo, was to introduce Bill Clinton, the president and Andrew’s boss at the time.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the new state budget unfairly singles out the city and makes it impossible to prevent layoff and cuts in services.
A state senator’s legal challenge of a little-known fee on many Connecticut electric bills could create yet another massive hole in the state’s already deficit-plagued budget, should the tea party-backed lawmaker win in court.
There’s hidden pain in New York’s hard-times budget proposal beyond the public workers who face a pay freeze after steady raises during the recession, or teachers who might have to rely only on automatic 3-percent step increases instead of raises this year, or agencies facing a 10-percent cut in operating funds.
While other governors are waging tense battles with state employees, proposing deep spending cuts and taking no-tax-increase pledges to cover their budget shortfalls, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is taking a different tack.
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