To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in response to a letter from Susan Michaels Gunther, which was printed on April 23. I would like to say that I understand her angst over having to advocate repetitively for a loved one's disability services. Ms. Gunther shamed the House of Representatives and accused them of "trying to eviscerate the state" because of the lack of funding for services to the disabled. This year, the House of Representatives appropriated a total amount of $5.5 billion dollars for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the 2016/17 biennium. This represents an increase to the total funding for DHHS of $141 million over the current biennium! Where does all that money go? Not to those with disabilities you say, Ms. Gunther? Well you're right. I was told about 20 percent goes to direct services for those living with disabilities and an estimated 80 percent goes to salaries, benefits, retirement, raises, vehicles, cell phones, and the list goes on and on.
The people "eviscerating" the budget are those who are employed to ensure people with disabilities get their services! The taxpayers are paying handsomely to be helpful to those in need. I don't know any taxpayer who would delay funding to those who are truly in need. Both the taxpayers and the people with disabilities are seeing the short end of the stick. When you think about $5.5 billion dollars being allocated and all the while people are on wait lists for funding to get their needs met, it's beyond awful. Ms. Gunther, you are correct that something is drastically wrong however, the fault does not lay at the feet of the House of Representatives.
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