Deficit plan restores some state money — for now

By Ken Borsuk

 GREENWICH — Officials at Greenwich-based Abilis, who feared the worst as Hartford moved to close a gaping budget deficit for the remainder of the fiscal year, are breathing a bit easier after legislators this week passed a bipartisan deficit mitigation package that likely preserves most of their funding.

Greenwich Hospital also saw a restoration of reimbursements that had seemed destined for the budget ax.

By Ken Borsuk

GREENWICH — Employees and families served by Abilis will be focused on Hartford Tuesday as the state Legislature votes to close a state budget gap with major ramifications for social service agencies.

The Greenwich based non-profit, which helps people with developmental disabilities, is facing a potential immediate cut that could have an impact on spending over the next three months.

Dennis Perry, Abilis’ president and CEO, said they were informed only a week ago about Gov. Dannel Malloy’s plan to address a $220 million revenue shortfall for the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year. Cuts include $17 million to the state Department of Developmental Services’ budget.

By Greg Reilly

Abilis, an organization that supports people with developmental disabilities in New Canaan and throughout Fairfield County, is rallying the community to contact their legislators and demand the funding not be cut as proposed by Gov. Dannel Malloy.

The proposed fiscal year 2016 cuts will be voted on Tuesday, March 29 and would be implemented immediately.

Frank MacEachern, The Daily Voice: New Canaan, Darien, Stamford, Greenwich

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Abilis CEO Dennis Perry and a group of 30 people with disabilities from the Abilis community joined some 50 organizations and over 500 people in Hartford on Wednesday to advocate against state budget cuts. The effort, called Lobby Day, was organized by the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance.

Perry visited the offices of state senators and representatives while in Hartford hoping to rally for the vulnerable people most impacted by the cuts. Yet despite the activism, Dannel Malloy continued his reductions later in the day announcing cuts the Department of Developmental Services by more than $17 million including 9.7 million in cuts to residential services for people with developmental disabilities.