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“Bollinger Enterprises, Inc. (BEi) celebrates 40th year”

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This November 6, 2012 article found on the Warren Times Observer website, talks about the 40th Anniversary of Bollinger Enterprises, Inc. in North Warren, PA.

 

“Librarian serves special needs population”

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This October 28, 2012 article on the PhillyBurbs.com website talks about how one librarian’s life experiences turned into a way for her to help others.

 

DIA Rally in Harrisburg Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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I received the following information about a rally to be held on Wednesday February 29 at the State Capital in Harrisburg.  If you are in the area or are able to travel to get there, please consider showing your support and take part in this rally.

—————- Email information I received below ——————-

  • Time to rally! People with physical disabilities, mental health needs, intellectual disabilities, people who are poor due to life’s circumstances and other caring people all need to come together to tell legislators, the Governor and the public that budget cuts for people with disabilities and people living in poverty are not acceptable.

State Rally at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg

 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

11:00 am until 4:00 pm

State Rally at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg and march to Governor’s residence to follow!Join PA ADAPT, Disabled In Action of PA, and the entire disability community and help us tell Governor Corbett to:

STOP the erosion of CONSUMER CONTROL

STOP the erosion of CONSUMER CHOICE

STOP restricting eligible Consumers from services and creating waiting lists

STOP creating fraud where none exists and using it as an excuse to institutionalize the Disabled Community

KEEP Pennsylvanians employed and stop the massive layoffs
Sponsored by Disabled In Action of PA
Organizers call (215) 627-7255

“Editorial: SSI cuts are a cruel plan”

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This article came from the Philadelphia Enquirer on February 1, 2010

I loved this article in more  ways then many can imagine, it is about PA’s cost of living decrease as I’ve started calling it. (oh and I broke my new rule about not including the complete article on this one, it said a lot in it’s short length.

Editorial: SSI cuts are a cruel plan

As of this week, several hundred thousand elderly poor and disabled Pennsylvanians will be nickel-and-dimed to help balance the state’s $28 billion budget.That’s wrong, and all the more unconscionable given a state budget that benefited fat cats while resorting to an expansion of casino gambling to raise revenue.

In reaching their months-late budget deal in October, Harrisburg lawmakers and Gov. Rendell necessarily nipped and tucked state spending in hundreds of other ways.

That’s not a bad thing. But the process went off the rails when it came to a decision to cut the state’s modest monthly supplement provided to nearly 350,000 poor and disabled receiving federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) checks.

The aggregate savings from the cuts of $9.4 million this year and $22.9 million next year represent a pittance in overall state spending. But the monthly reductions of $5 to $10 will come from SSI recipients already trying to live on only $700 – more than 20 percent below the poverty level.

To some of the disabled – including nearly 130,000 people in Philadelphia and four surrounding counties – the SSI reductions could represent the cost of a prescription co-pay, or a transit fare to the doctor’s or grocery store. But it’s as much the harsh message the state is sending with these cuts that’s so objectionable.

Remember how lawmakers and Rendell spared natural-gas drillers from paying a new extraction tax? That levy is being collected in many of the other states where the Marcellus Shale is being tapped.

How about the decision to saddle the state with another expansion of casino gambling to raise $200 million a year? Those state winnings represent a hidden tax on many people who can least afford it.

With such skewed priorities in place, the SSI cuts appear cruel and unnecessary. Although the cutbacks are set to start today, they should be rescinded as soon as possible.

Wouldn’t you just know, the SSI reductions only came to light recently. But now that the secret is out, there’s an understandable clamor growing from advocates and some lawmakers to remedy this insult to the elderly poor and disabled.

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