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Lack of State Budget Dismantling Critical State Services
The lack of a fully funded, year-long budget is dismantling critical state services, according to a new report from the Fiscal Policy Center. Children, seniors, and people with disabilities are among the hardest hit. The report captures the ongoing damage happening across state service areas in communities across Illinois — damage that will continue to grow in coming weeks without a fully funded budget.

In Focus

Revenue Collapse Cutting services to balance the fiscal year 2016 budget instead of modernizing our outdated tax system will harm rather than boost Illinois’ economy now while undermining the very investments needed for a stronger economic future, like education, roads and bridges, health care, and public safety.
Choose-Revenue-Feature A new Fiscal Policy Center report shows that Governor Rauner and lawmakers have a broad range of revenue options to avoid harmful cuts. Devastating cuts to services are not inevitable: They are a choice. And, choosing to raise the resources necessary to invest in children, families, and communities is the best thing we can do to propel our state toward economic prosperity.

Fiscal Notes Blog

February 3, 2016
With the lack of a state budget this year and no funding for tuition assistance grants through the state’s Monetary Award Program (MAP), Illinois lawmakers are putting more students and the state economy at risk of falling behind.…
January 27, 2016
Emily Miller, Voices’ policy and advocacy director, released the following statement in response to Governor Rauner’s 2016 State of the State Address: A full seven months after the start of the fiscal year, Illinois leaders have failed to carry out their most basic responsibility — enact a balanced budget that funds vital state services and invests in our state.…
January 22, 2016
After the failure of lawmakers and Governor Rauner to replace revenue lost when income tax rates declined by 25 percent a year ago, Illinois is awash in a sea of red ink.…
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