Our Opinion: A reasonable question

It’s a reasonable question.

Who is hurting most by the state’s budget impasse?

A Pennsylvania state budget impasse that’s 150 or so days late. Five months.

Talk is long over about who will be most impacted; it’s now who is being most impacted, and how bad will it get?

Schools are having trouble paying bills, and the Warren County School District, while it is on okay shape now, is forced to look ahead – authorizing its business manager to look into a loan in the new year.

The new year is next month.

What that means, quite simply, is money to keep things going until a state budget is passed.

There’s no clear end in sight.

While Gov. Tom Wolf is pushing for increased taxes and more money for education, there is actually less money coming in for education. Republicans fully oppose his tax increases.

Forget talk of an athletic trainer or school resource officer now. Whatever your feeling, there’s too much uncertainty for creativity.

In addition to students, there’s foster care programs, pre-school programs, Meals on Wheels, domestic violence programs, food banks, mental health, behavioral health, intellectual disabilities services, Big Brothers Big Sisters, state contractors.

“The PA budget impasse is creating hardships for our most vulnerable members of our local community,” said Sue Himes, Allegheny Community (senior) Center director said last week.

The senior centers are being forced to reduce hours and even days, “or even close its doors in January,” said Himes.

Gov. Tom Wolf, and our officials that oppose his version of the budget – no matter at this point who is more right or more wrong – are hurting most the very people the tax money we’re talking about is supposed to protect.

Children, elderly, people who are struggling.

It’s a reasonable question.