Illinois began the 2016 fiscal year without a budget for the year beginning July
weeks ago, in an effort to fund government, Democratic members forwarded a
spending plan to the Governor that included a balanced approach of reducing
state spending while funding services for our state's most vulnerable
Unfortunately, the Governor
chose to veto the majority of this plan, with the exception of the education
budget, including funding for child care, energy assistance for low income
individuals, funding to allow the elderly to
remain in their homes and Medicaid funding for the working poor. These budget
items were cut as the Governor and his Republican allies seek to enact radical,
non-budgetary policy changes having nothing to do with our state's budget.
an effort to fund critical services covering our most vulnerable and various
public safety initiatives, today, in the Illinois House I supported legislation,
HB 4190, see details HERE,
to provide one month of funding
for critical, essential services, including childcare services, funding for
in-home and community based services and meals for seniors, services for the
mentally ill and developmentally disabled and salaries for state troopers.
Unfortunately, this proposal to provide emergency funding for these critical
services failed because it did not receive any Republican support.
The Governor has indicated
he intends to drag this overtime session on for the entire summer in order to
pass the radical reforms he seeks which will harm working families. As you
know, I support creating an environment that encourages economic growth and the
expansion of our middle class. However, I do not support forwarding an agenda
that disproportionately impacts our state's most vulnerable to advance a
non-budget agenda. Recently, the Governor
indicated "a shutdown of state government is worth the pain if
it yields fundamental business changes in Illinois."
disagree. I don't believe we should balance our budget on the backs of the most
vulnerable of our community, nor should funding for needed services be held
hostage for non-budgetary items. I will continue to fight to protect our middle
class, the priorities they hold most dear and the funding necessary to protect
our most vulnerable. Please join me by calling Gov. Rauner at (312) 814-2121 or (217) 782-0244 and asking him to
focus on passing a budget that takes a balanced approach while providing
services to and protecting our state's most vulnerable.
Ellen, there is a great deal of confusion regarding the continuation of services
and what will happen with state government over the days ahead, to address your
concerns and questions, my office will remain open while I continue to work in
Springfield to fight for a budget for fiscal year 2016 that protects working
families throughout our communities. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me
at (773) 783-8800
should you need any
R. Sims, Jr.
Representative - 34th District
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