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Disabled Adults Protest Program Cuts

Developmentally disabled adults came to the state Capitol Thursday to protest budget cuts to the state Department of Developmental Services. They are members of a Manteca area program that helps them with job and life skills training. Steven Herrera says the help he gets there is important to him.

“We went through it last year with Arnold but I hope Governor Brown can read all the letters that the programs wrote to him about the budget cuts and maybe he can stop with this,” said Herrera.

Governor Jerry Brown has proposed cutting 750 million dollars from the Department. The State Department of Finance notes that California is required to provide such services to developmentally disabled adults and children. A spokesman for the Department says it is hoping to find money from other sources including the federal government, to partially offset the cuts.

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