To the Editor:

I am very concerned about a potential cut in funding for services to people who have disabilities in Minnesota. Due to a state policy glitch, thousands of people are facing a significant cut to the financial assistance they need to access the employment and day services provided at Rise as well as other supports they need. For Rise, the cut will be $850,000, money used to increase wages and benefits for our staff team members. It is not possible to reduce our budget in such a significant way without impacting the quality of services we provide.

As a leader at Rise for over 35 years, I have not seen a time in our history when we have faced such a significant challenge. Earlier this month, more than a thousand people rallied at the State Capitol and met with legislators asking them to stop this cut and preserve funding for disability services. It was powerful and moving, but I worry it won’t be enough. We need the voice of our entire community to advocate for these services. Please join us in contacting our local legislators and asking them to support your neighbors who have disabilities to stop the cut to these needed services. People who have disabilities deserve to live their best life – they need our support.

Lynn Noren

Spring Lake Park

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