220 Organizations Send Letters to Governor and General Assembly to Urge Budget Action

Submitted on Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:16

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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.

 

Letter to Governor Rauner

We, the undersigned organizations, write to implore you to sign SB2038 as soon as it reaches your desk.

While the bill is nowhere near a final budget solution for FY16 for human services, further layoffs, services cuts and provider closures are inevitable without it. SB2038 is a lifeline that will provide temporary relief to cash-starved providers to help them continue to weather the impasse in the near future until a comprehensive budget solution for both FY16 and FY17 is found.

While measures like SB2038 will keep some of us open for today, the overwhelming and immediate threats to our organizations and the entire health and human services sector will remain until the budget impasse is ended. We need a FY17 budget and to be made whole for FY16 for the services we have provided without compensation.

We implore you to continue to work with lawmakers toward a long term responsible budget and revenue package to end Illinois' budget crisis before May 31st, and to sign SB2038 to provide public health and human service providers the emergency cash they need today in order to save the these sectors from complete collapse.

Click to see a .pdf of the letter and which organizations signed it.

Letter to the General Assembly

The undersigned organizations are imploring you to end the FY16 budget impasse and to adopt a fully funded FY16 and FY17 budget before May 31. Ending one fiscal year and beginning another one without budgets will hasten the collapse of our education, public safety, and human service infrastructure. Without a budget with new revenue, thousands of people across Illinois will have no place to turn for help when they need it most, children and youth will go without opportunities to get ahead, and thousands of working parents will lose their jobs.

While we are heartened by the bipartisan cooperation that led to passage of SB2038, which would provide emergency funds for human services and public safety items, we oppose any effort to construe the passage of SB2038 as any type of budget solution. While measures like SB2038 may keep some of us open for today, the overwhelming and immediate threats to our organizations and the entire human services sector will remain until the budget impasse is ended. Layoffs and services cuts are inevitable despite SB2038 without the stability and certainty of final budgets for FY16 and FY17.

Indeed, after a year of receiving partial or no payments on state contracts, many organizations simply cannot continue to provide services in FY17 without a budget. Reserves are exhausted, lines of credit are running dry, and our boards are unwilling to let us deficit spend any longer. Decisions about leases, supply purchases, and staffing must be made. Providers throughout the state have learned the hard way that we cannot trust our leaders to end this impasse and ensure payment if we do not see a signed budget supported by adequate revenue. Even with the needed emergency cash that SB2038 may supply, many providers will still be owed for months and months of work. Services will continue to be terminated, coupled with layoffs. It is a virtual certainty that many non-profits will close their doors in the weeks and months to come if we do not find a budget solution now.

While we appreciate SB2038 and have urged the Governor to sign it, SB2038 is simply not enough and it will not prevent the human services infrastructure from continuing to be dismantled. We urge you to come together and pass a budget with adequate revenue that works for the people of Illinois before any more permanent damage is done.

Click to see a .pdf of the letter and which organizations signed it.