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(Aug 27, 2015)
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's budget impasse is now nearing 60 days and the impact is starting to be felt by social service agencies. Many social service agencies receive a portion of their budget from the government. Without at budget that isn't happening, so some are now looking to banks for their bucks. "There is a lot of political trickery at play," said Alan Jennings, head of non-profit Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley. Jennings was one of several non-profit heads who headed to Harrisburg's capitol rotunda to show the state the ripple effects of the budget impasse. "In the next few days we're going to take out a line of credit for $400,000," he said. Money, Jennings said is needed to pay bills. From homes to heating his agency, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley helps thousands of people in need. But without a budget on the books, non-profits around the state haven't received state funds. "At the moment it doesn't appear there's a light at the end of the tunnel to get this passed," said Republican State Rep. Joe Emrick of Northampton County.