The failure of the governor and lawmakers put the budget first has led to a budget standoff that is leaving children, families, small businesses and communities without the resources they need to thrive. All across the state vital services have been cut or eliminated, leading to instability, and in some cases elimination, of services.
The Responsible Budget Resolution is an opportunity to create a bi-partisan coalition in favor of recognizing and generating the revenue our state needs to invest in our shared priorities.
By becoming a co-sponsor and voting YES on the Responsible Budget Resolution, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle can show their support for moving Illinois forward by modernizing and reforming our tax code to create the revenue we need to invest in children, families, small businesses, and communities.
The Responsible Budget Resolution:
- Calls for an immediate end to the budget standoff that is harming children, families, communities and small businesses
- Urges lawmakers to protect vital services that children, families, communities, and our economy need to thrive
- Opposes cuts to services that help working families, children, seniors, students, veterans, law enforcement officials, and people with disabilities
- Proposes modernizing and reforming the tax code to reflect our changing economy and ensure fairness in raising revenue to fund current and future investments;
The Responsible Budget Coalition, which is made up of over 250 member organizations statewide, endorses H.R. 922, the Responsible Budget Resolution.
HR 0922 The Responsible Budget Resolution
WHEREAS, During the Great Recession, the needs of Illinois children, families, and communities grew at the same time that our State was losing the necessary resources to help them; and
WHEREAS, Since 2009, the State of Illinois has consistently disinvested in working families and communities, cutting funding for vital services that strengthen low-and middle-income working families; and
WHEREAS, Relying on funding cuts to shore up our State's finances hurts children and families who are struggling to remain afloat and destabilizes programs like home care for seniors and people with disabilities, child care, and other critical support for middle class families; and
WHEREAS, Instead of cuts to funding, we must secure the revenue we need for a responsible budget that invests in programs that meet the needs of children, families, communities, and businesses; and
WHEREAS, Failing to pass a fully funded year-long budget for Fiscal Year 2016 has meant cutting programs that stabilize children, families, local governments, and businesses, including, but not limited to, social services for children, care for people who suffer from mental illness, programs to assist homebound seniors and people with disabilities, infant mortality prevention programs, environmental protection and conservation police, services for victims of sexual violence, breast and cervical cancer screenings, supportive housing programs, afterschool programs for kids, immigrant services, community colleges and universities, financial aid and scholarship for college students, and job training; and
WHEREAS, At the same time, every day that goes by without a Fiscal Year 2016 budget means that Illinois continues to add to its unpaid bills, further harming our economy and making Illinois a less desirable place to live and do business; and
WHEREAS, Illinois' outdated tax system has painted us into a box, preventing us from moving forward to invest in shared priorities; Illinois must modernize and reform the tax code to reflect our changing economy and ensure fairness in raising revenue to fund current and future investments; a modern tax code ensures that corporations and millionaires join low and middle-income families in paying their fair share; and
WHEREAS, When we modernize and reform our tax code, commit to fairness in raising revenue, and commit to investing in shared priorities, our children, families, communities, and small businesses will finally experience economic growth and prosperity; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NINETY-NINTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we urge the members of the General Assembly to work together to modernize and reform the tax code and to immediately pass a Fiscal Year 2016 budget that will stabilize the lives of Illinois' children, families, communities, and businesses.