Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill: Governor Once Again Shortchanging Our Kids

Budget cuts vital funding from summer jobs program
July 8, 2004

The Governor is threatening summer youth employment programs throughout the state by cutting $10 million in funding from the program, announced Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill (D-Ulster and Dutchess). The loss in funding would result in over 10,000 fewer jobs statewide than last year and 65 jobs lost locally. "That means those 65 young people will not have access to a program that has proven successful in our communities," Assemblymember Cahill said.

"We canít go backwards, especially when it comes to our children," Assemblymember Cahill said. "These programs donít just provide a paycheck; they open doors for young men and women by teaching them vital skills."

Last year, the Legislature successfully fought the Governorís cuts to this program and helped provide over 26,000 summer jobs.

"Jobs provide teens with the chance to learn responsibility, teamwork and appropriate work conduct, while also allowing them to contribute to their families, communities and local economies," Mr. Cahill said. "We need to invest in their futures, not cut funding that offers them a chance to succeed. I fought the Governorís cuts to this program last year, and rest assured I am prepared to fight again this year," he concluded.