ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Disabled Maryland residents are calling on Gov. Martin O’Malley to avoid budget cuts to Medicaid that they fear could damage community-based support services and force them into nursing homes.

About 10 people held a brief protest inside the Maryland State House on Monday. They chanted “We want O’Malley” and “Don’t cut our services” just outside the Maryland House of Delegates and the state Senate.

Few people were in the building at the time. Lawmakers are not scheduled to gather for session until 8 p.m.

Maryland has a $1.6 billion budget shortfall. O’Malley is scheduled to release his budget proposal on Friday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. Doug says:

    10 people.
    Not much of a protest..
    I see their point.
    It’s not that I don’t want to help you.
    My anger is to how we pay far too much per person,with too many hands in the till of the system.
    So we end up getting very little for our tax money already being targeted for disabled.
    Sorry,but bottom line, cut and shrink government,any damn way you can.

  2. Bud says:

    Doug you must not be disabled because if you were you would understand where these people are coming from .I am disabled and it’s hard enough to live day to day as it is now so how does the state plain to fix this mess by cutting money needed for pet projects , well my shoulder are not that broad .Maybe you and O’Malley should walk a mile or two in my shoes.If O’Malley wants to cut someting maybe he could start by cutting HIS pay !

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