Monday, November 28, 2005

The Strange Politics of Disability Services, Latest Installment

See this article about goings-on in Connecticut. It begins:

Several top Democrats are criticizing Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell for appearing with two mentally retarded citizens at a press conference earlier this month to dramatize her opposition to a controversial reform bill that she vetoed.

Rell has clashed sharply with Democrats for months over the contracting reform bill, which she says would restrict the expansion of nonprofit agencies that provide services for the mentally ill and mentally retarded, among others.
Leaving aside the particulars of the bill at issue -- there is no doubt that Connecticut, more than practically any state, has shown the need for contracting reform -- it's another interesting example of the complicated politics of disability services, which I discussed a little in my Yale piece last year. (And don't even get me started about how one of the key Democrats says that one of the key Republicans is now the "poster child for contracting reform"!)


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