Gov. John Bel Edwards rallied with more than 300 advocates for people with developmental disabilities at the Capitol on Tuesday.

“Louisiana isn’t doing all that it can, and should, do for our developmentally disabled,” Edwards said. “We have to do better.”

The annual Disability Rights Day is when advocates urge legislators to make services for people with developmental disabilities a priority.

This year’s biggest issue was funding for disabled services and programs, as the state faces a $750 million shortfall in the budget that begins July 1.

“Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! All the cuts have got to go!” supporters, wearing bright yellow shirts, chanted as Edwards took the mic.

Several legislators, including House Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Frank Hoffman, R-West Monroe, and state Sen. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, were slated to address the group.

Edwards read a proclamation honoring Disability Rights Day.

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