One of the grim realities we both face is our finances. Of course, yours is on a much larger scale and impacts many more people. One of those groups that I urge you to thoughtfully consider are people with disabilities. We simply cannot sustain any type of funding cut. With another minimum wage increase looming in January, and our services not fully restored, any type of cut will undoubtably have dramatic impact on Maryland’s most vulnerable citizens. We both face the prospect of declining revenues which means painful decisions on where and what to cut. Our disability community of 17,000 people who receive services, their families, and the staff members who provide that critical support strongly urge you and the other members of the Department of Public Works to not cut funding for services that impact people with disabilities.