Without a state budget and enough revenue, the damage is real-and it's getting worse. See RBC's new fact sheet.Read more
Dan Lesser, RBC coordinator and Director of Economic Justice at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, discusses RBC's new fact sheet and the need for adequate revenue on WJBC.Read more
Since the stop-gap budget ended, 25% of all agencies surveyed have shuttered programs; criminal justice, employment training and youth development programs have experienced the most significant closures. Read the full report.Read more
The General Assembly passed a spending plan that is woefully short of the revenue needed to provide vital services that support families, communities, and small businesses. At the same time the Governor continues to insist on linking his “Turnaround Agenda” to the passage of a budget. There are mere days left in the legislative session and we need real budget progress.
Over 220 providers and organizations wrote the Governor today asking him to approve emergency funding for human services (SB 2038) and to work with the General Assembly to pass complete, fully funded budgets for FY16 and FY17. They sent a separate letter to General Assembly members to remind them passing SB 2038 is not a substitute for passing fully-funded budgets. The letters were signed by many, many RBC members.
WATCH the video. Shriver Center President John Bouman was in Springfield this week to tell Governor Rauner to end the hostage taking. "We need a budget now, we don't need it at some hazy future date...We need to say to everyone in that building, but especially the chief executive, we need a budget with adequate revenue and we need you to do your job."
"We're here because we need Rep. Harris to know how the budget impasse is creating barriers for mothers in his district," Gurian said. "We're here because we need Rep. Harris to make sure the state stops breaking its promise to moms and their families."
“The choice is simple: put the safety of mothers first not the Governor’s non-budget agenda. Pass a budget that chooses revenue instead of choosing to put mothers’ lives in danger,” said Maldonado.
A Fair Tax is a common-sense tool to help fix Illinois’ flawed budget and tax system and find a way out of the chronic annual budget crises. The General Assembly’s failure to consider a Fair Tax is disappointing at a time when income inequality is alarmingly high and it is an irresponsible limitation of revenue options while Illinois is in the eleventh month of an unprecedented budget and revenue crisis that threatens to destroy our service and educational systems. The Governor’s opposition to the Fair Tax, which effectively blocked the measure, is unjustifiable.
The damage is permanent, not easily or perhaps ever remedied. Even when funding is restored, we won’t simply return to business as usual. Ours is a real-life example for governments considering a similar path.
John Bouman, Chair of the RBC Executive Committee and President of the Shriver Center, penned this piece for the Shriver Brief.