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SRS Cuts

By: Michelle Rosel
By: Michelle Rosel

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SRS is scrambling to find ways to trim millions from it's budget without hurting elderly and disabled Kansans.
Yesterday, the governor cut 3.9% from the SRS budget. That means a $27 million cut.
Tonight, some Wichitans fear these cuts could cost them their independence.
At age 58, Norma Howard never thought she'd depend on an oxygen tank, insulin shots and a home healthcare nurse.
Norma says, "I would be institutionalized if I didn't have a care giver. I hate to see what's going to happen to the budget."
SRS pays for her care, and the care of hundreds of others.
August cuts have already been felt, with fewer nurses providing in-home care, and a growing waiting list of people needing help.
Independent Living Counselor Jody Chrapkowski says, "Its a big concern. Its going to continue to grow, the list will grow the wait will grow."
State SRS officials began meeting this afternoon to talk about the budget cuts. They are staying tight-lipped about what services will most-likely be impacted.


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