Concern from comptroller over late contracts with non-profits

Concern from comptroller over late contracts with non-profits

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Chief Executive Officer of the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc., Doug Sauer, echoes DiNapoli, saying non-profits who have contracts with state agencies were already being squeezed. He expects it’ll get worse with looming budget cuts to make up for a $13 billion gap in the state budget from the coronavirus pandemic.

“The fact that after decades of the work, the prompt contracting problem has not been resolved and is actually going in the reverse direction is disturbing, to say the least,” says Sauer. “In this COVID-era, nonprofits are critical to the health, welfare, and recovery of our communities, and this issue can be ‘the last straw that breaks the camel’s back’ for many.”

Sauer says some non-profit programs are sustained through state contracts and that they forgo money to operate when arrangements are late. He says non-profits waiting on a deal could be counting on promised money that won’t be available if the state decides to cut funding.

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