Statement from the Responsible Budget Coalition on Renewed Illinois State Budget Negotiations

Submitted on Wed, 11/16/2016 - 13:58

John Bouman, President of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and Chair of the Responsible Budget Coalition’s Executive Committee, today released a statement regarding the renewed budget negotiations by Governor Rauner and the leadership of the Illinois General Assembly.

Statement from the Responsible Budget Coalition on the Stopgap Budget Agreement

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

The General Assembly and Governor Rauner agreed on a six-month stopgap budget that authorizes desperately needed funding for services and institutions. Unfortunately, it is no substitute for a fully funded, year-long responsible budget that chooses revenue over cuts. Much more needs to be done. Read more here.

Illinois Again Fails to Enact a Responsible Budget

Submitted on Wed, 06/01/2016 - 09:58

The regular session of the General Assembly ended in failure last night as our elected officials missed yet another deadline to pass a fully-funded budget that invests in Illinois' policy priorities. This latest failure will exacerbate the already disastrous consequences of the budget impasse and must be corrected with a responsible budget that chooses revenue before FY16 ends at the end of June.

RBC Demands Real Progress Towards Responsible Budget

Submitted on Wed, 05/25/2016 - 16:55

The General Assembly passed a spending plan that is woefully short of the revenue needed to provide vital services that support families, communities, and small businesses.  At the same time the Governor continues to insist on linking his “Turnaround Agenda” to the passage of a budget. There are mere days left in the legislative session and we need real budget progress. IL GA Gallery.jpg

RBC Statement: Failure to Consider Fair Tax Irresponsible, But Many Revenue Options Remain to Fix State Budget Crisis

Submitted on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 13:22

A Fair Tax is a common-sense tool to help fix Illinois’ flawed budget and tax system and find a way out of the chronic annual budget crises. The General Assembly’s failure to consider a Fair Tax is disappointing at a time when income inequality is alarmingly high and it is an irresponsible limitation of revenue options ​ while Illinois is in the eleventh month of an unprecedented budget and revenue crisis that threatens to destroy our service and educational systems. The Governor’s opposition to the Fair Tax, which effectively blocked the measure, is unjustifiable.

Governor Continues Budget Stalemate that Fails Families, Communities, and the Economy

Submitted on Wed, 02/17/2016 - 13:46

In the budget address today, instead of choosing to invest in children, families communities, and our state’s economy through a responsible budget, the Governor chose to continue to advocate for his non-budget policy agenda and place it ahead of the budget. Hard-working families need a budget that chooses revenue over cuts to services they rely on, not a prolonged stalemate that forces state government and vital programs to languish. Illinoiscapitol2_large.jpg