Assembly Republicans fail to restore developmentally disabled funding

By Lombardo David
Thursday, March 28, 2013

A hostile amendment from the Assembly Republicans to restore funding for the developmentally disabled in the budget was defeated this afternoon.

The amendment would have put back $90 million for organizations that service people with developmental disabilities. Assembly members, mostly Republicans, but a few Democrats, spoke out against this cut in funding.

Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Glenville, was one of the most vocal proponents of restoring funding during remarks from today's floor debate on the budget. Video from his remarks is available below.

Tedisco reiterated his critique that the state shouldn't be giving tax credits to talk shows, while funding for the developmentally disabled is being cut.

Both chambers of the state Legislature proposed restoring this money in their budget resolutions, but it wasn't in the negotiated budget.

An attempt earlier this week by Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, to restore this funding, was also defeated.

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