Moylan Votes for Budget to Preserve Critical Funding for Local Schools, Calls on Governor to Negoti

“I’m infuriated that the governor continues to play political games with the budget process and is refusing to support a budget that increases funding for local schools while also allowing Illinois to meet its basic obligations,” said Moylan. “Not only has the governor refused to negotiate a standalone budget free from his political agenda, he has refused to use his line-item veto power and is instead devastating the entire state budget.”

The budget passed by the state house on Thursday funds many critical components of state government, and also makes spending reductions. The budget increases funding for schools by $700 million over the Fiscal Year 2016 budget that the governor signed. All schools in the state will receive an increase in funding under this plan. The budget also includes funding for the Senior Citizen property Tax Deferral Program, grants for low-income students and military veterans to attend college, breast and cervical cancer screening, and the Community Care Program, which helps seniors remain in their homes and avoid costly nursing home care.

This budget proposal appropriates less general revenue funding than the Fiscal Year 2016 budget that passed the General Assembly. Governor Rauner has signed portions of that budget into law. The Fiscal Year 2017 budget includes hundreds of millions of dollars in spending cuts across various state agencies from the most recent state budget that was fully implemented.

“Since taking office, I have worked to keep the state on course to long-term fiscal stability while protecting the hard working, middle-class families of my district,” said Moylan. “This year, I voted for a budget that included spending reductions while protecting the middle-class families of my district.”