With the decrease in state revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic crisis, the Minnesota state government faces a potential budget deficit of $1.27 billion for fiscal year FY22-23. The state legislature may call for across the board cuts to state agency budgets to close the budget gap. The State Government of Minnesota has an expansive coalition of state agencies and service providers that serve the disability community. Budget cuts to any or all of these agencies would impact their ability to serve the disability community in the fullest capacity.
Minnesotans with disabilities rely on state services that are provided by a network of state agencies. The integration & success of the disability community is deeply impacted by the level and quality of those services which rely on strong and secure budgets.
- Minnesota Department of Human Rights
- Minnesota Commission for the Deaf, DeafBlind, & Hard of Hearing
- DEED-Vocational Rehabilitation
- State Services for the Blind
- Minnesota Governors Council on Developmental Disabilities
- DHS Olmstead Subcabinet
- and any other state disability service providers
State agencies, particularly councils & commissions, are easy targets for fiscally conservative legislators, especially those who believe these agencies provide redundant services.
Goal of Policy
This policy aims to defend the budgets of state agencies that serve the disability community to ensure that Minnesotans with disabilities have access to services and avenues for removing societal barriers.