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Disabled Floridians Fear Budget Cuts

April 16th, 2008 by flanews

Floridians with developmental disabilities are afraid budget cuts will leave them without the help they need. Today at the Capitol people who work with the developmentally disabled spoke out against the budget cuts. Both the House and Senates budget proposals reduce funding for Intermediate Care Facilities. The care centers provide assistance for people with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and autism. Jim Weeks with Sunrise Community, a care facility In Miami, said if the cuts happen then the centers would have to be shut down.

If we lose these facilities the individuals who are being served will have absolutely no where to go and the state will absolutely end up spending more money on them then they could possible save under this program, said Weeks

House Democrats want to get rid of some sales tax exemptions to save funding for programs that help the developmentally disabled.

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