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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.

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Revenue Collapse Cutting services to balance the fiscal year 2016 budget instead of modernizing our outdated tax system will harm rather than boost Illinois’ economy now while undermining the very investments needed for a stronger economic future, like education,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

October 7, 2015
Beginning on July 1, Governor Rauner severely cut child care eligibility, which is shutting out 9 in 10 new applicants who would have previously qualified for assistance.…
September 29, 2015
Two weeks ago, the Fiscal Policy Center released a report — “Lack of Budget Is Dismantling Critical State Services” — that captured the ongoing, and worsening, consequences of lawmakers and Governor Rauner’s failure to restore revenue needed to support essential services. …
September 29, 2015
Provisions in State Rep. Jack Franks’ new bill that close numerous corporate loopholes are a positive first step toward supporting  essential services for Illinois families and communities that today are threatened by the failure to replace lost revenues.…
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