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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.

Staff, clients of the Stamford agency tried to convince legislators that budget cuts would be devastating to their programs. Stamford, CT By BARBARA HEINS (Patch Staff)

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

Mackenzie Rigg & Martin Cassidy/ Hearst 

HARTFORD — Hospital workers dressed in white coats and scrubs stood with state lawmakers in suits Wednesday at the state Capitol to pressure Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to release state and federal aid he has put on hold. 

“I think people need to understand that hospitals aren’t a budgetary budgeting chip,” said state Sen. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield, whose district includes Newtown.

Hwang was among dozens of hospital workers and lawmakers who attended a news conference organized by the Connecticut Hospital Association at the Legislative Office Building.

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