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The Budget and How It May Affect Those with Disabilities Part 3

This is the last alert providing information about the Governor’s biennial budget request. This alert covers transportation and other items.

Transportation: Reduces funding for counties and municipalities for public transit by 10%. Also eliminates all public transportation from the segregated transportation fund and moves it into the shrinking general fund.

Transportation – Road Building: Increases funding for highways by $350 million over the base amount.

W-2: Reduces W-2 payments for families by $20 per month. Makes other changes as well, such as limiting the time a participant can remain in a trial job placement, community service job placement, or a transitional placement to 24 months.

Youth Aids: Cuts aid to counties for youth programs, such as juvenile justice, by 10%.

Shared Revenue to Counties and Municipalities: Reduces the amount of shared revenue to counties by $36.5 million beginning in 2012 and the total amount to municipalities by $59.5 million, affecting the type and amount of services provided by each entity.

Progressive Sentencing: Repeals early release changes in sentencing passed during the last legislative session for inmates with disabilities and mental illness.

FoodShare: Eliminates the state-only FoodShare program, which provides FoodShare benefits to legal immigrants who do not meet federal residency requirements.

Income Maintenance:  Transfers administration of income maintenance programs, including eligibility determination for Medicaid and FoodShare, from counties to a centralized state level.

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