Friday, June 10, 2011

Floridians Criticize Agency for Weak Lobbying of State Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Facing more budget cuts, parents and operators of businesses that serve Floridians with developmental disabilities told officials of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities Friday they need to do a better job of lobbying the Florida Legislature.
APD Director Bryan Vaughan and some of his top aides listened for more than two hours to service providers and others involved in helping people who have physical and mental disabilities. They are facing a 4 percent general reduction in state spending that leaves a gap of about $84 million between the Legislature’s appropriation for the fiscal year starting July 1 and the cost of maintaining services for about 30,000 people served under a Medicaid waiver.

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