Survey says budget fight inflicted damage on social services

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A new survey says non-profit organizations that carry out social services in Pennsylvania still owe interest from loans taken out during a protracted state government budget stalemate.

The survey of 176 non-profits also found that the organizations haven’t filled or restored about half of the 380 full-time positions that were eliminated or affected during the budget fight.

The survey released last week comes from the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, the United Way of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

It also says 17,100 people received no or reduced services. Meanwhile, organizations reported taking out loans, tapping reserves and delaying vendor payments to the tune of $172 million. It says some organizations owe more than $530,000 in interest collectively.

The data reflects July 1, 2015 through Feb. 29.

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