Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Melrose) today joined his Assembly colleagues in a bipartisan push for the reinstatement of $90 million in state funding for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Assembly Bill 6692a, of which McLaughlin is a sponsor, would restore the cuts to OPWDD that were included in the budget passed earlier this year.

“It speaks volumes that 139 members of the state assembly have stood up in support of full restoration of the draconian cuts to OPWDD,” said McLaughlin. “Though the cuts should have never been made or proposed in the first place, it’s encouraging to see both sides of the aisle come together to do the right thing. The tireless effort by the Rensselaer County ARC, Coarc in Columbia County and Wildwood Programs, to name only a few, should be commended. I have had the fortune of meeting with these organizations and can attest to how important this funding is to these individuals and their families. 

“My support for the full restoration of these cuts has been unwavering since day one. With so much wasted and useless spending in Albany, I was shocked the Governor and legislative leaders were cutting funding from the people who need it most. Earlier this year, when the cuts were first proposed, I spoke on the floor about the number of people and their families who depend on these services and the damage that would be done by such drastic cuts.

“I thank my Assembly colleagues for joining with me in doing what’s best for the people of our state and restoring the $90 million to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.”

Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information, please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s official website.



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