ABC Group Urges Lawmakers to “Stop the Cut”
by Hannah Giehtbrock, Community Activities & Volunteer Coordinator
On Tuesday March 13th, 2018, a group from southeastern Minnesota’s Vocational, Rehabilitative and Residential agencies, including participants and staff from ABC, set out on a journey to the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. Upon arrival they joined a rally in the rotunda to “Stop the Cut,” followed by meetings with local representatives.
The state legislature is proposing a devastating 7% cut in the funding for Minnesotans with disabilities. These spokespeople from Southeastern Minnesota lobbied to support the Best Life Alliance legislation that would prevent the funding cut.
The group met with legislators Tina Liebling, Carla Nelson, Nels Pierson, Duane Sauke, Duane Quam, and spoke with David Senjem on the phone. By the end of the session, Nelson and Pierson agreed to co-author a bill that would stop the proposed cut. This experience is a great reminder of how vital it is to for all of us to make our voices heard!