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Advocates For State's Disabled Say Budget Deal A Tough Sell

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Lawmakers are working to tie up some loose ends ahead of this weekend's vote on the state budget.

State legislators agreed on a framework for the $135 billion spending plan on Wednesday.

However, advocates for the disabled are raising concerns about a planned six percent cut to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says some of the money may be restored, but it's not clear how much.

"There are some restorations, plus there's additional federal money that we are going to appropriate. So the overall appropriations are higher than last year. However, there will be some restrictions on some of that money," Silver said.

"If they can find 350 million to send people a check for a couple of hundred bucks then they can find the 120 million to really preserve the services for people who are so disabled and in need," said Advocate Margaret Raustiala.

That $350 million refers to a rebate for middle class families with children.

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