The Iowa Department for the Blind budget hearing for the 2015 fiscal year was held on Monday, November 25, at 4:00 p.m. in the Ray Conference Room at the Capitol.
As you may know, the IDB had received a budget increase of $350,000 for the 2014 state fiscal year. While the increase was greatly appreciated, it was still $200,000 below the original $550,000 amount the department had requested. IDB is again requesting $550,000 for the 2015 fiscal year.
Supportive documentation had already been submitted to Governor Branstad and his staff to demonstrate the need for this additional funding. The November 25 hearing was the department's opportunity to present its case to the governor in person. Thanks to all who attended to strongly support the Iowa Department for the Blind's request for additional funding to continue to provide excellent Vocational Rehabilitation, Independent Living, Library, and other services to the IDB's clients.
KCCI provided excellent coverage of the hearing. Watch the story on their website: