LARC lobbies for funding

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$91 million cut draws big crowd at capital

By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Betty Walker was the last to step on the bus leaving for Tallahassee. The faces of the passengers, clients of the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens, lit up when they saw her short frame come in to view.
“Does anybody know why we’re going to Tallahassee?” Walker asked.
“Yeah, for support!” replied a voice from the back. “We don’t want our services cut at all. We want funding.”
About 20 LARC clients, several staff and one county commissioner traveled by bus to the capital March 23 hoping to have their voices heard regarding recent cuts to the Medicaid program.
About 900 people from developmental disability groups from around the state gathered in front of the steps on the Capitol’s plaza as part of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day. Many carried signs asking for funding not to be cut.
“It’s wonderful to see you in the halls talking to your legislators,” said Renee Valletutti, chair of the Developmental Disabilities Council. “Only by continuing our efforts will our voices be heard.”

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