Additionally, the state owes millions of dollars to the hundreds of vendors that provide food for prisons, fuel for the Highway Patrol and other goods and services to the state.
Gupta, whose husband is unable to work because he had open heart surgery in May, said families with kids at the East Palo Alto school - most of them low-income - have stepped up to donate school supplies and other necessities. She wonders, though, how long teachers and administrators will be able to hold on without paychecks.
"For now our daughter is helping us ... (but) how long can we go?" asked Gupta as she watched a class of preschool students play outside on a recent afternoon. "Everybody is still coming to work because if we don't come, these 200 parents won't be able to work either and it will just be worse. We pray that we will get a paycheck."
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