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Oklahoma senior program cutbacks decried

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: November 2, 2009 at 11:22 am •  Published: October 30, 2009
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/> Most of the other programs in his department are matched by federal funds, and he said he picked a part of his budget that would have the least economic impact.

"This is very frustrating for us also,” Hendrick said.

"We are likely to see more cuts. What we’re trying to do with the selective cuts is cut things where we lose the fewest number of federal dollars. ... We have not cut any of the state funding for nutrition sites that are federally matched.”

More cuts expected
Henry’s spokesman, Paul Sund, said the nutrition program’s financial problems "are just the tip of the iceberg and that many, many other crucial services will soon be facing similar cuts, if they are not already.”

The governor is working with legislative leaders on the budget crisis, Sund said. The stimulus funds are for one-time projects and were committed early in the summer before the latest revenue shortfalls occurred, he said.

Supporters of restoring the funding to the senior citizen nutrition program are planning to hold a rally at 11 a.m. Wednesday on the second-floor rotunda.

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"We are likely to see more cuts. What we’re trying to do with the selective cuts is cut things where we lose the fewest number of federal dollars."
Howard Hendrick
Department of Human Services Director


"If there’s any group that needs to be protected from budget cuts, it would be seniors who need to eat to sustain their own livelihoods."
Tom Guild
Oklahoma County Democratic Party secretary

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