Developmental Disabilities Budget Amendment Update

These three young ladies are served through the KARES program, housed behind RENEW in Sheridan.
These three young ladies are served through the KARES program, housed behind RENEW in Sheridan.

Earlier this week we reported that representatives from agencies around the state who work with Wyoming residents who have developmental disabilities have been in Cheyenne to try to persuade legislators to reinstate the remaining 4% of the 10% funding cuts implemented during Governor Freudenthal's time in office.

RENEW CEO Larry Samson contacted Sheridan Media with an update on how the amendment has fared so far. It passed on the Senate side, but in the House, he tells us.

Samson indicated that the Sheridan / Johnson County Delegation were all supportive of the “DD” amendment. Representative Rosie Berger, in an e-mail sent Tuesday afternoon, said that the reason it didn't pass the House was because of additional funding in the Supplemental Budget of $1,275,949.

However, Samson says those dollars are totally different.

He is quick to point out that the agencies in Sheridan – RENEW, Easter Seals and Jodi's Heart – are doing well at meeting the needs of their clients, but the state as a whole, he feels, needs to understand the importance of restoring that 4%.

The “DD” Budget Amendment, co-sponsored by Representatives Jon Botten and Kathy Davison, goes up for third and final reading Thursday.

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