A new report this week said states will have to deal with dwindling help from the federal government, as well as a slow recovery in tax revenue. States will spend about 43 billion dollars in economic stimulus money during the current fiscal year ending June 30th. After that, they’ll probably have to get by with less federal help.
The Kansas Legislature is looking at a revenue shortfall of as much as 500 million dollars.
This week Wichita school superintendent John Allison told a special committee of 60 community leaders he’s planning for another 30 million dollars in budget cuts … and he’s talking “programs” and “services”.
Last year U-S-D 259 cut 14 million dollars, which included 117 teaching positions, school resource officers in middle schools, driver’s ed., and the closing of an alternative high school. That followed 34 million dollars in budget cuts in 2009.
So state and local governments will see lean times continue in 2011 … as we all await a general economic recovery.
Our thought for today is from Cato the Elder:
“Patience is the greatest of all virtues.”