My Thoughts on Our State's Budget

"Our budget will hold the line on the vital programs we care about...And yes, our budget will require new revenue... And I'll tell you what I've said since I first sought this office: instead of balancing our budget through cuts to poor children or disabled adults, we should balance it by asking the very wealthy and the most profitable corporations to ay their fair share."

In the coming days, as the legislative session draws to a close, the Democratic caucus in Springfield is going to vote on a series of bills related to the budget for the fiscal year starting in July. 

It’s a budget that stands in stark contrast to the one Governor Rauner proposed in February. As you may remember, that budget contained unconscionable cuts to programs for people with disabilities, children on ventilators, services to veterans, healthcare for the poor, immigrant services, early intervention, child care, and much more. Not to mention, it proposed $2.2 billion in savings from a pension reform that he never proposed and would clearly be unconstitutional.

Our budget will hold the line on the vital programs we care about. We’ll restore funding for autism and drug treatment and mental health. We’ll restore respirator services for medically complex children and kidney transplants for the very ill. We’ll restore programs like the Parent Mentor Program, an incredible investment that began here in our community with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, helping parents in low-income communities get involved with their child’s school and education. We'll restore mass transit funding, an issue I know matters deeply to our community. And we’re even increasing funding for K-12 education, MAP grants for low-income students, and other vital areas.

And yes, our budget will require new revenue. That’s a conversation we’ll be continuing throughout the summer. And I’ll tell you what I’ve said since I first sought this office: instead of balancing our budget through cuts to poor children or disabled adults, we should balance it by asking the very wealthy and the most profitable corporations to pay their fair share.

I’ll continue making that argument, both in our community and here in the Capitol.  We’ll continue to fight for fair revenues to fund these vitally needed services.

If you believe in that argument too, we could use your help! The Governor will be spending millions of campaign dollars arguing in favor of his harsh austerity program. We need to fight back at the grassroots — click here to help us spread the word about a fair budget.

I appreciate the thousands of you who have written to me urging to reject Rauner’s proposed cuts to the programs you care about. I’m proud to vote for this budget and do just that.

 

Coverage here: http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/637401/illinois-budget-democrats-republicans

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