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Governor Can Give Lifeline to Services by Signing SB 2038

Nearly a month after receiving a bill providing more than $700 million for health and human services unfunded in the current fiscal year, Governor Rauner has yet to sign SB 2038. While not a permanent solution, the measure provides immediate relief for human service and healthcare providers that have managed to keep the doors open in spite of not receiving payment from the state on signed contracts.

The bill funds the services with money in dedicated state accounts established for specific purposes. The majority of dollars (nearly $462 million) is from the Commitment to Human Services Fund, which receives 1/30 of net personal income tax revenue. However, lacking authorization, this money simply sits idle. Governor Rauner can provide that authorization by signing SB 2038.

The General Assembly passed SB 2038 back in May without a single “no” vote.  It is not a permanent solution, but vital in the short term. Long term the state needs additional and sustainable revenue to keep providing these important services to Illinois residents.

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