The media is full of upbeat reports about the recovering economy,when, in fact, the situation in the individual states–which usually can’t run deficitis–is getting worse,especially so when it comes to health care.Not to mention this morning’s report of the unemployment rate which continues to rise–now at 9.7 percent.
A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Washington research outfit which tracks federal policies and expenditures–with special attention to their effects on lower income and poor people,says “At least 48 states have addressed or still face shortfalls in their budgets for fiscal year 2010 totaling $168 billion – or almost one-quarter of state budgets. This includes new shortfalls of $28 billion that have opened up in the adopted 2010 budgets of at least 15 states and the District of Columbia.” More grim news from the report:
For example, at least 27 states have implemented cuts that will restrict low-income children’s or families’ eligibility for health insurance or reduce their access to health care services. Programs for the elderly and disabled are also being cut. At least 24 states and the District of Columbia are cutting medical, rehabilitative, home care, or other services needed by low-income people who are elderly or have disabilities, or significantly increasing the cost of these services.
At least 25 states are cutting or proposing to cut K-12 and early education; several of them are also reducing access to child care and early education, and at least 34 states have implemented cuts to public colleges and universities.
So, the right wing dupes at the town meetings can consider yet another aspect of their suicide ride. By the time these people get a grip, they’ll have wrecked their own right wing and will have nowhere to go, but to crawl back into the cave.