Families and providers rally against Developmental Services cuts

Velma Williams-Estese (Hugh McQuaid photo)
Velma Williams-Estese (Hugh McQuaid photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Dozens of families, providers and union organizers rallied at the state Capitol Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to stop cutting funds that support services for disabled people.

Facing a budget deficit in this fiscal year, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has used his rescission power to cut the Department of Developmental Services budget by about $8.4 million. Health care workers’ union SEIU 1199 New England organized Wednesday’s rally and delivered a petition to Malloy’s office hoping to stem further DDS cuts in the coming two-year budget.

Velma Williams-Estese, one of the speakers at the rally, said her adult daughter Deborah is on a waiting list for services. She called on the administration to fund better access to state services without cutting funding for similar services elsewhere in the budget.

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