Aug 7 2013

Survival Coalition Releases Budget Summary

Posted by BPDD at 11:38 AM
- Categories: DAWN Alerts | Miscellaneous

Report assesses the impact of the state budget on people with disabilities in Wisconsin

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations released the 2013 Wisconsin Legislative Budget Summary. The report shows that other than significant improvements in supports for people with mental health disorders and some new funding for transportation, there were few positive gains for people with disabilities in the 2013-15 biennial budget.

The report assesses impacts on people with disabilities based on funding and policy decisions contained in the new budget. The analysis covers programs that impact people with various disabilities across their lifespan – including education, long-term care for children and adults, Medicaid, health care, employment, transportation, mental health, and the long-term care workforce.

While there were some victories for people with disabilities in this budget cycle, many budget priorities were not addressed. Check out Survival’s 2013-2015 Biennial Budget Priorities.

Even though the state budget has been passed and signed into law, there will be many opportunities to advocate for disability issues in the months ahead. If you are interested in improving your leadership skills, consider applying for Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking. The deadline to apply is Sept. 1, 2013.



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