- Published: 17 March 2016
SPRINGFIELD – Senate Democrats voted again today to authorize funding programs impacted by the governor’s harsh budgetary vetoes. Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) voted once again in favor of protecting middle-class families and Illinoisans who are most in need of state services.
“This bill is designed to give the governor spending authority for financial commitments that he chooses to make,” Mulroe said. “Our intention is to ensure that existing contracts and other items get paid to avoid incurring a large and irresponsible bill backlog.”
The legislation will fund community mental health services, mental health supportive housing and places like Sunshine Activity Center, that provides respite care for adults with disabilities.
Additional funds, within the legislation, go to funding state universities and colleges for operational expenses, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Community College Board for various grants and programs.
“We have seen a set of priorities that do not reflect the priorities of the state as a whole,” Mulroe said. “This measure may not be the most ideal method of dealing with the problem, but these programs are disappearing, and when they are gone, that’s it. They won’t be coming back. Our most vulnerable citizens, however, are not going away. We need to take care of them.”
The legislation is SB 2059 and moves to the House for their vote.