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As aid shrinks, more ‘stuck’ for day care
Oct 21, 2009; USA Today | The national mainstream media is finally picking up on the fast worsening crisis in childcare across the nation. The crisis is caused by a combination of factors—reduced subsidies and increasing unemployment to name two—resulting in less self-pay fees among other things. In this USA Today article, problems in a number of states are enumerated. —Ruth McCambridge

Should charity begin with nonprofit executive’s paychecks?
Oct 20, 2009; Charlotte Observer | How much is too much? There’s been a lot of talk lately about executive compensation—the most egregious examples typically found in the financial sector—but more recently nonprofits have gotten in on the act. Gloria Pace King, former executive director at United Way made a $365,000 salary and enjoyed a $2.1 million pension package. South Carolina-based Inspiration Networks CEO David Cerullo’s $1.5 million salary makes him the highest paid leader of any religious charity in the country. Jane McIntyre, King’s successor at United Way, suggested she get paid (only) $150,000. Is she a martyr? Or a visionary? —Aaron Lester

House votes to block funds for ‘shaky’ nonprofits
Oct 20, 2009;
Delaware County Daily Times | The Pennsylvania state House of Representatives just voted 157 to 42 to block state funding for nonprofits of “legally rocky stature,” according to the DelcoTimes. The legislation specifically prevents funding “for nonprofit organizations under indictment for violating federal or state campaign finance or election laws; that have failed to comply with federal or state lobbying requirements; that have filed a fraudulent form with any federal or state agency; or are the subject of a cease and desist order that prohibits the solicitation of contributions.” It’s not hard to figure out that this was aimed at ACORN, as the sponsors made clear. If the language stands, particularly with the broadly defined “failed to comply with federal or state lobbying requirements,” upstanding nonprofits throughout Pennsylvania will be affected. So why didn’t the legislature try to prevent grants, contracts, and other incentives for private corporations of “legally rocky stature?” Using ACORN as a stalking horse to attack nonprofits in general is reprehensible and must be stopped.—Rick Cohen


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