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Activists Camp Overnight At Governor's Mansion To Protest Budget Cuts
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 18, 2003

AUSTIN, TEXAS--Disability rights advocates camped outside the Governor's Mansion Thursday night to protest proposed cuts to services.

The state House earlier in the week passed a budget that calls for cutting benefits -- including medication and in-home supports -- for 60,000 Texan seniors and people with disabilities.

"If this legislation passes, I'll lose my attendant care which means I won't be able to leave the house because I won't be able to get dressed," said John Hoffman, one of about 20 demonstrators who camped overnight. "I won't be able to go grocery shopping on top of the fact that I care for my two children on a regular basis."

Bob Kafka, an organizer for the disability rights group ADAPT, called the House budget "mean and immoral".

Related articles:
"Disabled protesters end overnight vigil"(News 8 Austin)

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