The state of CT only has to make "painful budget decisions" because it refuses to institute tax reforms that would have the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share. CT is the richest state in the nation. It laso has the largest gap between rich and poor, ie, no middle class.
Most towns in CT have no local police departments and volunteer fire and ambulance services. A way too large proportion of public schools
are "failing". Prisoners are given early release due to overcrowding and housed in other states but more prisons are closing. The "painful decsions" cause pain only on those who work in or rely upon healthcare, education, public safety, farming or other low or non-profit service industries. The state RECEIVED FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY TO FUND NURSING EDUCATION. WHAT DID THEY DO WITH IT? THEY CLAIMED A NURSING SHORTAGE TO GET IT BUT ARE NOW CLOSING SCHOOLS!!!
The current overabundance of nurses in the workforce is due to the fact that there hasn't been a shortage of licensed nurses for many years, there has been a shortage of WORKING nurses. For a variety of reasons, number one being nursing burnout, many nurses do not stay in the full time workforce. Since CT requires no continuing education whatsoever, all one has to is send money every year to stay licensed, no matter how much a person wants out of nursing, bills to pay and no other way to pay them puts these people back in nursing. When the economy recovers, many will go back to being stay at home moms or working in other fields (there are a lot of RN's selling real estate), the shortage will be there again.
Not funding nursing education is an incredibly shortsighted fix. It takes 16 months to train an LPN in CT, more than 2 for an ADN due to pre-req's. This state will be in a bind with nowhere to turn but back to the Phillipines where huge numbers of RN's were being brought from just a few years ago.
I personally think turning violent criminals loose with inadequate supervision is a bad idea too along with having illiterate high school grads. The wealthy can hire private security and pay for private schools but they'll be out of luck when they go to the hospital and get lesser care due to the infamous "shortstaffing". And of course if any of those rich kids has an altruistic streak and wants to become a nurse, they can afford Yale and no worries that there are no state programs.