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Colorado: After protests, governor restores aid to needy, disabled

Tim Hoover
The Denver Post

Reversing himself after howls of protest from advocacy groups, Gov. Bill Ritter on Friday said he would not cut a program that gives cash assistance to thousands of poor and disabled Coloradans.

Ritter, a Democrat, had been hammered with criticism for weeks following his announcement in August that he was eliminating a program that provided a $200 monthly stipend to about 6,400 people with mental and physical disabilities. The program provided the stipend while recipients were in the process of applying for federal Supplemental Security Income benefits, which help the elderly, blind and disabled poor.

Advocates for the homeless said the state cash assistance program helped keep many people with disabilities off the street.



“We thought that the cuts would push many of our most vulnerable citizens into homelessness,” said John Parvensky, president of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

Parvensky was one the harshest critics of Ritter after the cuts were announced.



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