This week legislators returned to Springfield to continue the budget making process to end the state’s budget impasse by passing a temporary, stop-gap measure that provides funding for vital services for the next six months. It is promising that the governor and legislative leaders found a way to work together, but our work is far from over and there is much more that needs to be done.
Senate Bill 2047 Amendment #5, passed today and will pay state expenses over the next six months for human services and higher education. It also provides a full year’s worth of spending for our local schools through the 2016-2017 school year.
- Elementary and Secondary Education
- Allows local schools to start the year on time this fall
- Increases General State Aid by $361 million
- Gives $250 million to high poverty schools through Equity Grant
- Increases to early childhood education by $75 million
- Full year of funding for the Fiscal Year 2017
- Higher Education
- $1 billion in funding for state universities, community colleges, MAP Grants, adult education, career & technical education, Illinois Math & Science Academy
- Provides funding that can be used for Fiscal Year 2016 & the first half of Fiscal Year 2017
- Human Services
- Includes $667 million in funds from the Commitment to Human Services Fund for programs not currently operating under court order.
- Covers 65% of full funding for the 18 month period.
- Includes programs that were suspended, such as immigration services, autism programs, breast cancer screenings, in-home healthcare for seniors and services for victims of domestic abuse
- Agency Operations
- Funded from the Budget Stabilization Fund ($275 million), General Revenue Funds ($448 million) and Commitment to Human Services Fund ($31 million) for operational expenses. These amounts will pay for expenses such as utilities, FOID, medical care, gas, etc.
- The bills include appropriations for IDOT projects that are part of the department’s 5-year plan, EPA projects and other development projects that have had to shut down mid-construction.
- Other State Funds
- Includes items such as federal funds for the Area Agencies on Aging, LUST fund reimbursements, emergency response appropriations and other similar programs.
More information about Senate Bill 2047 can be found at: http://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=2047&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=90591&SessionID=88
I know that this action today is not enough. I have urged our legislative leaders and the governor to continue meeting over the summer to find a way to fund the rest of Fiscal Year 2017 and address existing needs for Fiscal Year 2016. We have not finished our work and I remain committed to finding long-term solutions to the budget crisis in Illinois.
Illinois 80th District includes portions of:
Townships: Bloom, Crete, Florence, Frankfort, Green Garden, Manhattan, Monee, New Lenox, Peotone, Rich, and Wilton
Municipalities: Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Frankfort, Glenwood, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Manhattan, Matteson, Mokena, Monee, New Lenox, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park, South Chicago Heights, Steger, Symerton University Park, and Wilmington