Once again budget bliss is upon us as we await the Legislature’s plan for how it is going to fund the state budget (“Budget Financing Talks Held in Private; Deadline Looms,” July 6). Understandably, a budget with no revenue plan should wisely go nowhere. Another waiting game brought about by the lack of vision and courage from our elected officials will result in cutting of services that help lower-income adults and families, persons with disabilities, veterans and others throughout our state to live healthy, independent and connected lives.
Within recent months, I have met and worked with people with a wide range of disabilities through the Consumer Health Coalition’s Health Committee for People with Disabilities. The majority of these folks rely on human services. All of these people contribute to our community in a positive way every day.
These are real people who travel to work daily, hold positions on multiple committee boards, keep active social lives, have doctors to visit, have groceries to buy and have families to care for. These are real issues people encounter in their normal lives, and they deserve the services that keep them living well and participating in and building our shared community.
It’s past time for our legislative leaders to show the same courage and resiliency that I witness every day from the persons with whom I work and build community.
Consumer Health Coalition