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Vigil to protest Governor's proposal

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RICHLAND, Wash.—A number of people protested Governor Chris Gregoire's proposed budget cuts by holding a candlelight vigil at John Dam Plaza in Richland.

They say the state should be protecting services for people with developmental disabilities instead of cutting their funds.

Supporters of the disability services aren't the only ones speaking out.  Both representatives from the Kennewick School Department and Kadlec Medical Center shared their opinions with KNDU.

"I think we're concerned just because these people that are impacted will still need to get care and often people who are in their most vulnerable state," Jim Hall, Kadlec Medical Center.

"If enacted, these cuts will be felt for years to come and will create enormous instability in our state's health care system," Lorraine Cooper, Kennewick School Department.

"All will be touched if the state moves forward to slash health and long term care; de-fund our schools and universities; weaken our criminal justice system and put our natural resources at risk," State President of AARP.

If the proposed plan is passed, it will cut $3-billion.