Advocates rally to restore funds for developmentally disabled

PROVIDENCE,RI – Advocates are calling on the General Assembly to restore 19 million dollars in cuts to programs for developmentally disabled Rhode Islanders. The budget cuts, passed by the General Assembly earlier in the year, have already sent a shiver through Rhode Island's disability community.

Emmanuel Falck with Rhode Island Service Employees International Union says at social service agencies across the state have already experienced lay-offs, pay cuts, and service disruption. He has this holiday wish for the General Assembly.

"We would ask them to make a New year's resolution to restore the funds in the New Year," he says.

Falck says advocates are already drafting legislation that would do just that. The cuts were part of an attempt to overcome Rhode Island's budget deficit.

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