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Budget cuts can hold both pain and promise

September 16, 2011
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

Counties have it tough as they plan their budgets for 2012. Unfunded mandates loom large: The federal and state governments require counties to meet certain standards for things like employee pensions and health insurance, Medicaid, social services, jails and courts, but the county has to pay for much of it. They get partially reimbursed for some things, but that means if they cut funding in a particular area, their reimbursement goes down proportionally. And many things they aren't allowed to cut.



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