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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.

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

LSSI to close 30 programs, eliminate 750 positions

Submitted on Fri, 01/22/2016 - 17:29

On January 22nd, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) announced the closure of 30 programs, and the elimination of 750 positions, or 43 percent of LSSI’s total employees. As a result of these closures, approximately 4,700 seniors, veterans, youth, and families will lose access to LSSI’s in-home care, respite, senior protective services, mental health, substance abuse, youth shelters, and re-entry services.  It is a direct consquence of the Governor and the General Assembly failing to ‪choose revenue‬ & put a ‪‎budget first‬.

Bruce Rauner’s “Short Term Pain” Approach Bringing Long-Term Harm in Education, Jobs

Submitted on Thu, 01/21/2016 - 18:00

RBC Co-Coordinator and Voices for Illinois Children’s Emily Miller wrote this compelling case for Gov. Rauner's short-term approach is hurting us now and well into the future. Regarding higher education cuts she writes: "It’s time for Illinois to ask: What, exactly, is it worth, and who will pay the price? Is it worth the long-term removal of the rungs of the ladder to the middle class? Is it worth lasting harm to our economy?" emily-miller.jpg