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October 07, 2015

Pa. Charities Face Crunch as State Budget Fight Stretches On

With Pennsylvania's budget impasse now in its fourth month, state-funded groups are bracing for a cash crisis that could soon force many to curtail or suspend programs, writes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The state has been without a budget since the July 1 start of the fiscal year as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled legislature wrangle over tax and spending plans, holding up payments to service providers.

A survey of Allegheny County charities by the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership and the Forbes Funds, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Foundation, found that nearly 60 percent have cash-flow problems and another quarter expect to be in the same boat by next month. Nearly half had cut administrative costs as of the first week of September. Bridgeway Capital, a Pittsburgh-based community-loan fund, is making $2.1 million available to social-service charities squeezed by the budget fight.