BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s budget woes have spawned a heart-wrenching yearly ritual, where people who rely on the state for health services plead with lawmakers to shield their programs from cuts, in grueling testimony about the real-life hardships of coping with disabilities.
The ritual played out again Monday in the Senate Finance Committee, as people in wheelchairs and parents with children unable to speak for themselves packed a hearing room to beg senators to reverse House-backed cuts proposed for the budget year starting July 1.
“What am I going to do? Who is going to help me survive?” asked Travis