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Hundreds of Metro East teens looking for summer jobs turned away due to budget cuts

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Metro East leaders are saying state budget cuts are forcing non-profits to cut back, causing summer job losses for teens.

Some said cuts in Springfield have taken away around 2,000 seasonal jobs at the Emerson Park Development in East St. Louis, which helps those with a low income learn to build affordable housing, community centers, and schools. $2 million had been funneled into the Metro East economy through non-profits.

“We had 660 young people come through our building on Wednesday expecting to be able to sign up,” said Emerson Park Development CEO Vikie Kimmel.

Kimmel said the budget cuts have left her no choice but to turn the job seekers away. The teens made around $9 an hour in the program.

“We're really hoping that they give us the summer programs because it does something to streets, it's just way different,” said Latiece Jones with Emerson Park Development.

Other agencies such as East St. Louis' park district are also struggling with budget cuts.

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