Cuts to Conn. disabilities programs raise concerns

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut parents and advocates for people with disabilities say nearly $40 million in proposed cuts to state services for the developmentally disabled with disrupt lives.

The vast majority of the proposed cuts stem from the continuation of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget reductions, originally included in a December deficit-cutting plan.

Joseph Duffy of Wethersfield says his 28-year-old daughter would be "in dire straits" if the cuts put an end to her supported employment at Cigna, where she "works a real job for real pay." He said she has "a small world, but it is everything to her."

Advocates also maintain the reductions will hurt cash-strapped private, nonprofit agencies that care for the disabled.

Malloy and legislative leaders still need to reach a bipartisan agreement on a two-year budget.

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Connecticut has 169 cities and towns, which serve as the fundamental local political subdivision of the state. Connecticut is the 5th of the original thirteen United States.
 
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Governor: Dan Malloy
Lieutenant Governor: Nancy Wyman
Attorney General: George Jepsen
State Treasurer: Denise L. Nappier

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