Crowd Protests Cuts To Transit And Human Services
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 20, 2003
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA--A crowd of 200 protesters demonstrated in the city's Market Square Wednesday, demanding Governor Ed Rendell reverse his position on a proposed $30 million cut in funding for Allegheny County transit and social services.
The demonstrators, who included ACCESS riders in wheelchairs, along with members of the City Council, said they want Rendell to scrap the entire $21 billion spending plan he had proposed and then start over with a new plan.
Allegheny County Department of Human Services has estimated that the governor's budget would cut $25.6 million from community programs, ending services for nearly 19,000 residents. Port Authority officials have also said the proposed reduction in state funding for public transportation could lead to fare increases and reductions in services.
Some of those speaking at the demonstration made a direct connection between the cost of the U.S. war with Iraq and the government's cuts in human service funding, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
"Protesters urge Rendell budget veto" (Post-Gazette)