e-Newsletter of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary | February 23, 2012 Twitter Facebook

Taking a close look at proposed state budget cuts

Moravian College will host the Children’s Coalition of the Lehigh Valley’s Family Policy Summit Thursday, March 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium.  John Reynolds, professor in Moravian’s political science department and the chairperson of the Coalition, has organized the event.

According to Reynolds, the purpose of this summit is “to provide people in the Lehigh Valley community with a sense of the content and implications of the annual state budget.”  Along with outlining the proposed budget cuts and how those cuts will affect families, the Family Policy Summit serves as a means to address all the needs of children and their families together rather than addressing each one individually.

“In observing the budget process … there has historically been a tendency to fragment issues of policy, but they are all interconnected.  The Family Policy Summit was developed as a means to try to provide some vehicle for overcoming fragmentation in both understanding the problems and advocating for a solution,” Reynolds states. 

The Summit will feature two speakers: Sharon Ward and Ron Cowell.  Ward has been an advocate for children, consumers and the environment for over 20 years.  As the executive director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Ward is responsible for educating policymakers, community groups, and the public on state budget and tax policies. 

Cowell has been involved in educational policies and children and family outreach for nearly 40 years.  He is president of The Education Policy and Leadership Center, which is a non-profit and non-partisan organization based in Harrisburg.  Ward and Cowell will first present their analysis of the budget and then take questions from audience members. 

The Family Policy Summit has been taking place since 2004 at Moravian College.  This year, it is part of the ongoing IN FOCUS theme of poverty and inequality. Anyone interested in finding out more about the state budget cuts and how they will affect children and families, is encouraged to attend this free program.