Disability activists protest California budget that leaves out funding

SACRAMENTO — The announcement of a California budget deal has not stopped pleas for the state to spend more on social services.

Advocates for people with disabilities protested at the state Capitol Wednesday. They’re angry the $155.4 billion budget deal Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats announced this week does not include more funding for programs to help the disabled.

A lobbyist for the group says after years of stagnant funding for programs that help people live independently, Democratic lawmakers promised to add millions in funding this year.

But the budget compromise does not include any new money for disabilities programs.

Two Republican lawmakers told advocates Wednesday that they will continue fighting to increase funding.

Democratic legislative leaders said in a statement that they’ll consider more funding in a special session.

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