With $2.6 billion in the rainy day fund, it’s time to invest in nonprofits

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For more than a decade, since the recession of 2008, state funding for community nonprofits has been cut or not kept up with increasing demand for services. Programs for some of the state’s neediest — substance abuse treatment and mental health clinics, homeless and domestic violence shelters, day and residential services for people with developmental disabilities and re-entry programs for people coming out of prison, to name a few — have been cut back or eliminated, leaving people without services they need.