Sen. Sachs Fights for Vulnerable Citizens in Budget Debate
The budget was the focus of debate this week in the Florida Senate. The republican controlled legislature proposed a litany of draconian budget cuts that, if passed, would adversely affect the elderly, the disabled, public employees and our children. The many services that would be impacted include the Medicaid Aged and Disabled (MEDS-AD) program that would be completely eliminated, as well as a $5 million cut from Community Care for the Elderly. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities would also be slashed, diminishing services for those in need by $90 million. If these cuts are approved, only “physician services” will qualify for funding through Medicaid waivers and many people with disabilities will be forced from community care into institutions.
Florida’s state employees, who are already paid far less than the national average, including our firefighters and teachers, would be required to take a 5% pay cut in order to continue receiving their current benefits for retirement.
Florida’s children will be shortchanged with anticipated cuts to education and vital children’s […]