BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Seniors and representatives from the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging rallied at the state capitol building today to support Governor Edwards' revenue package.
The EBR Council on Aging says they face a $15,000 cut in state funding, with similar councils facing a 63% budget cut for fiscal year 2017. The council says the cuts represents a crisis for seniors in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Council representatives say the cuts will result in reductions of services and programs, senior center closures, and job losses.
"All political candidates habitually ask for the senior's votes and this time we need their votes," says EBR Council of Aging CEO Tasha Clark-Amar. "We are asking all legislators to support our seniors."
While they were protesting very serious cuts, the rally wasn't completely serious. Those at the rally hoped to catch attention for their causes with a line dance and marching band.