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Newtown Rep. Bolinsky Fights To Restore Budget Cuts In Services To Disabled

Rep. Mitch Bolinsky and other Republican lawmakers called for a special session to restore funding for health care and special services for families living with the disabled.
Rep. Mitch Bolinsky and other Republican lawmakers called for a special session to restore funding for health care and special services for families living with the disabled. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky of Newtown and other Republican lawmakers renewed their call for a special session of the Legislature to restore funding for health care and special services.

"I don't get it," said Bolinsky. "From the governor's original budget to today, he continues to make cuts to critical services needed most by our state's most vulnerable residents.

"Each time, the ID/D caucus comes together with these brave spokespersons and their families in opposition to the cuts. We eventually all or most of this necessary funding restored only to have the rug pulled out from under us in another round of cuts. So here we are for the third time in this budget cycle demanding these human voices be heard," he said.

"It's time to have all sides pull up a chair and discuss how to balance the state's budget based on realistic revenue and expenditure analyses, rather than the piecemeal approach that's being employed today. We can do this! We must do this!"

Parents from CT DDS Families First joined Bolinsky at the State Capitol to share their stories. Gov. Dannel Malloy's recent $103 million budget cuts include rescissions to direct services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The budget cuts impacted the following programs: Employment Opportunities and Day Services, Community Residential Services, Cooperative Placements Program and Voluntary Services/Behavioral Services.

More than 2,000 people are on the DDS waitlist as of September due to lack of funding and capacity, he said.

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