Illinois Senate Shows the Way on Reaching a Budget Agreement

The Responsible Budget Coalition released a statement following the passage of a year-long budget in the Illinois Senate.

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Why We Need Adequate Revenue: Illinois in Chaos

Without a state budget and enough revenue, the damage is real-and it's getting worse. See RBC's new fact sheet.

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RBC Coordinator Dan Lesser Discusses RBC's New Fact Sheet and Revenue on WJBC

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.

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Budget coalition urges Rauner to embrace new revenue

Submitted on Tue, 02/16/2016 - 15:45

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Advocates for more spending on education and human services are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to embrace higher taxes and a balanced state budget on the eve of his annual budget presentation.

The Responsible Budget Coalition held a state Capitol news conference a day before the conservative governor is scheduled to present a budget plan for the year that begins next July 1. Rauner continues to differ with Democrats controlling the Legislature over a budget that should have started last July 1.

Students, Child Advocates, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Providers to Rauner: End Budget Standoff, Propose Budget Solutions

What: After nearly 8 months with no state budget, in a press conference the day before the Governor releases his spending plan for next year, providers, advocates, and families will hold a press conference at the State Capitol to call on him to work with lawmakers to end the current years’ budget standoff.  They will detail how the failure of the Governor and lawmakers to put a budget first that chooses revenue has forced families to quit their jobs and drop out of college, risked children’s safety, and deprived those with mental health and substance abuse issues of needed services.

Chicago Area Students, advocates to Rauner: End budget standoff, propose solutions

After nearly 8 months with no state budget, in a press conference the day before Gov. Rauner releases his spending plan for next year, youth and advocates will call on him to work with lawmakers to end the current years’ budget standoff. Attendees will ask the Governor and lawmakers to pass a responsible budget with new revenue to invest in children, families and communities.

Metro East Law Enforcement, Providers, & Families to Rauner: End the Budget Standoff, Propose Budget Solutions

What: After nearly 8 months with no state budget, in a press conference the day before the Governor releases his spending plan for next year, law enforcement officials, service providers, and local families will call on him to work with lawmakers to end the current years’ budget standoff.  They will detail how the failure of the Governor and lawmakers to put a budget first that chooses revenue has jeopardized public safety and harmed people with disabilities, seniors, youth, and working families.

Without budget in place, Rauner to propose next year's plan

Submitted on Sat, 02/13/2016 - 22:00

CTBA's Ralph Martire on choosing revenue to avoid further cuts to families and communities: "[T]hat’s not ideological. That’s math.” Responsible Budget Coalition spokesman Neal Waltmire: “We want to hear the governor say his No. 1 priority is a budget that invests in families and communities and that he won’t use them as leverage for his nonbudget agenda.” martire.jpg

"State of Our State" Media Round-Up

Submitted on Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:53

Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) events surrounding Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address  - which included four press conferences, a rally, and a public demonstration outside the chambers during the Governor’s address – generated a tremendous amount of positive press coverage.  Click here to see it! SOSIL Rail.jpg