Statement from the Responsible Budget Coalition on the Stopgap Budget Agreement

Submitted on Thu, 06/30/2016 - 15:51

PRESS RELEASE
June 30, 2016
Media Contact: Ambar Mentor-Truppa, amentor@povertylaw.org(312) 809-8048

Statement from the Responsible Budget Coalition on the Stopgap Budget Agreement

The Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) is composed of nearly 300 organizations united in their support for a fully funded, year-long, responsible budget that supports the role of Illinois government in investing in communities, preserving the public safety, caring for children and at-risk populations, and ensuring equal opportunity. 

The stopgap budget, agreed upon by the General Assembly and the Governor, authorizes spending on vital services Illinois residents rely on, to some extent, and is a needed respite from the paralysis of the last year.  But much of the immense damage done by the impasse will not be undone by this deal.

We remain steadfast in our belief that the only acceptable end to the Illinois budget crisis is a fully funded, full-year, responsible budget. Such a budget must provide sufficient revenue to stop making cuts and restore previous cuts and to start making smart investments. We urge Governor Rauner to work with the legislators to enact such a budget.

We urge all legislators and candidates running for office to commit to voting for a fully funded, full-year, responsible budget with no pre-conditions when the legislature reconvenes after the election. 

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The Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) is a large and diverse coalition of 288 organizations concerned about state budget and tax issues. It includes organizations that serve children, families, veterans, seniors and people with disabilities; education groups concerned about early learning, K-12 and higher education; labor unions; faith-based and civic organizations; immigrant and refugee families; and many others.

The RBC is a non-partisan, trusted source of information on state budget and tax policy and a leader in the fight to pass a budget that chooses revenue over cuts to vital services.

The individual organizations that belong to the RBC represent a diverse range of interests but are united by these three common principles:

 ·       Adequate revenue to support state priorities and make smart investments

·       No more cuts to vital programs and services

·       Fairness in raising revenue