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State budget battle affecting those with disabilities; rallies held statewide to raise awareness

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Some non-profit and day programs that help our neediest families are being forced to close for the day on Wednesday. 

It comes after the state told them their workers had to take furloughs because of the budget crisis.

Wednesday's rally in Hartford is one of five they are holding around the state to draw attention to the impact this will have on some of the state’s most vulnerable people.

The Oak Hill Day Program in Waterbury and the Whole Life Day Program in Norwich are just some of the centers impacted by the budget crisis.

The folks who rely on them are missing out on critical services for the day.

Because there is still no spending plan in place, the government is running on an executive order issued by Gov. Dannel Malloy. It's a bare bones budget these organizations said doesn’t provide funding for some of the state’s neediest families. 

As a result, parents, workers, and people with disabilities plan to gather to raise awareness about how critical those services are and try to push lawmakers into passing a budget that makes sure they get the support they need. 

They plan to meet at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford at 11 a.m.

There are other planned news conferences across the state as well.

They will be held at:

  • The Oak Hill Day Program, 457 East Main St. in Waterbury
  •  Whole Life Day Program, 113 Salem Tpke in Norwich
  • ARI 174 Richmond Hill Ave. in Stamford
  • MARC offices at 124 Washington St. in Middletown.

The meetings will also take place at 11 a.m.

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