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Budget cuts leave young adults with fewer job options in Metro East

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

Emerson Park Development Corporation had to cut one of their largest job training and placement programs because they no longer have the grants to keep it going.

Fines Cole is a graduate of the winterization program and he has got goals to achieve outside of the classroom.

"I hope to be a successful person and maintain a good life provide for my family," said Cole.

Organizers have helped nearly 200 young adults achieve those goals, but no longer have the funds to do so.  The state cut $500,000 in grant money and now the winterization classroom is empty.  Vickie Kimmel is disappointed about the cuts.

"The city of East St. Louis has suffered greatly by the budget cuts the governor has imposed. In fact, very many us are ashamed we are living in a state that balances the budget on the backs of the poor," said Kimmel.

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