Funding cuts directly affect families in metro Baton Rouge

PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Governor Bobby Jindal exercised his line item veto power on the Louisiana budget and some people are upset.

Sabrina Smith is very disappointed with Governor Bobby Jindal and she says she has two great reasons why: her two disabled children, Michael and Serena.

Both of her children will need care the rest of their lives.

"I'm disappointed in the way he's handling things," Smith said holding her child. "He's not handling it the way he should."

Sabrina's husband works as a truck driver to support the family. She helps out where she can, but they both depend on help from the state.

When Governor Jindal vetoed part of the state's budget, he cut money that would have helped more families receive assistance.

The assistance in the form of a wavier can help to pay for things like wheelchair ramps to large home improvements. The assistance is meant to help families care for their disabled loved ones at home versus putting them in a nursing home or institution.

There are currently 10,000 people on a waiting list looking for help. In the past session lawmakers approved an additional 200 spots for people looking for help.

Governor Jindal vetoed that part of the budget and cut the additional 200 people who would have received help this year from the wavier.

Governor Jindal responded to the cuts in a letter to news editorial boards.

"More people than ever before in Louisiana are now being served by programs for people with developmental disabilities," Jindal wrote.

Jindal's staff said the governor was unavailable to answer questions or to further explain his letter or the cuts to funding that would have been in place for families like the Smith family.

"They are like little babies that you take care of, they'll never grow up and to do that every day- in and out on a family. It takes a lot," Smith said.