Whenever a budget battle happens, safety net services come under the gun. Albany should take a close look at innovative programs that provide needed services while offsetting spiraling expenditures in other areas.
The Wall Street Journal reports that violent crime is down in the big cities in the U.S., saying this breaks the pattern between economic downturns and an increase in crime. It's more likely that the public is being lied to in a profound way.
Poor and already vulnerable mothers and children are being hard hit by budget cuts to child care assistance, leaving working parents without child-care help, making them lose their jobs, and forcing them back onto welfare.