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The Governor and legislature have reached a budget deal which has largely been voted out. Expect it to be enacted early in the month. The budget has two features relevant to Imagine’s planning:

  1. It includes a substantial rate increase for Imagine’s SLS program where there is no health & safety waiver. For about half of the self-determination clients Imagine serves, there will likely be a budget increase and for about half there will likely not be.
  2. The budget as passed fails to close the budget deficit in the upcoming and following two years. Responsible planning in this situation needs to recognize the risk of a substantial funding cut in order to correct future deficits.

As always, thanks to Marty Omoto of CDCAN for amplifying the transparency and circularity of information between the community and policy-makers. If you would like to receive CDCAN’s extensive reporting, write to Marty. CDCAN’s work is entirely funded by the donations of those of us who benefit. Write to me or to Marty if you’d like to kick in. In the photo is Alex Omoto, Marty’s son and my friend, at the Master Plan kickoff meeting, giving events their due.

-Submitted by Doug

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