Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to balance the state’s budget by cutting funding for organizations that provide support to Missourians with developmental disabilities is a heartbreaking trade-off that will ultimately affect Missouri’s most vulnerable.
Missouri has a $26 billion budget with a $50 million shortfall. The governor seeks to fix at least 20 percent of this shortfall by “restricting” funds that the Missouri House and Senate, through a bipartisan effort, appropriated to meet the critical need of citizens who depend on these funds to live and participate in our communities.
Unfortunately, for the last two years, Gov. Nixon has continued to remove disability funding, preventing support from reaching Missourians most in need.
Right now, we can stand up for these citizens by encouraging our Legislature to stop these restrictions by using Amendment 10 to correct the governor’s mistake. I encourage the Legislature to pursue this remediation. Please know I join thousands of other Missourians to stand up for those among us who need our support most.
Wendy Sullivan • Ballwin
Chief Executive Officer, Easter Seals Midwest
This letter to the editor appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; find it on the website here.