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Budget cuts for people with developmental disabilities

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RICHLAND, Wash. - The Arc of the Tri-Cities invited parents to learn more about Governor Gregoire's budget cuts and how they will impact people with developmental disabilities.

Some of those cuts include less day programming and jobs, reduction in service hours and no dental care for adults. However, the Governor is trying to buy back some of these programs by taxing items such as candy, cigarettes and water bottles. Program manager for The Arc, Donna Tracy says she understands cuts have to be made but hopes they don't take away from the people in need. "It's affecting our kids with developmental disabilities and their families. As much as it affects our families personal budget it double impacts families with developmental disabilities because of additional costs and support," said Tracy.

The Governor is also looking at minimizing developmental disability institutions so more people would benefit from in-home services.