October 18, 2017. FPI’s executive director, Ron Deutsch, discusses how proposed cuts in federal spending could seriously damage programs that help needy children and families in the Elmira area, where he was the keynote speaker for the annual State of the Child in Chemung County Breakfast. The gathering, sponsored by the Every Child Matters Coalition, took place at the Elmira Community Kitchen.

Deutsch told the group that New York relies heavily on federal dollars, and that proposed budget cuts, being discussed in Washington, could devastate programs aimed at children and families living in poverty. “In Chemung County, 15.8 percent of residents live in poverty. Twenty-two percent of children are in poverty,” Deutsch said. “In Elmira, 32 percent of residents are under the federal poverty level, and 42 percent of children are. That’s a lot of people living in poverty. What’s being proposed will only make things worse.”

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