05292018CM0729 RState Senator John G. Mulroe today voted for a balanced budget that supports schools, our most vulnerable Illinoisans and fiscal stability for the state.

“I am proud to support a bipartisan and balanced budget,” said Mulroe, a Chicago Democrat. “This budget aids our schools, provides for Illinoisans in need, and spends within our means to keep us on a path toward fiscal stability. Today’s vote came after months of hearings and negotiations and represents what a democracy should be about – compromise.”

The budget includes an additional $400 million for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education and an additional $60 million for higher education over last year’s funding level. The majority of that money will support the evidence-based school funding model, under which no school district would receive less funding than it did the year before. It also prevents a pension cost shift to local school districts that the governor proposed, which could have increased local property taxes.

“Nearly a year ago, the evidence-based school funding model was signed into law in my district at Ebinger Elementary School,” Mulroe said. “I am delighted that this year’s budget continues to prioritize and increase funding for education.”

Additionally, the budget package prevents a rate cut to Medicaid service providers as the governor proposed in February. Illinois has one of the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rates in the nation. Further reductions to Medicaid service providers could make it more difficult for patients to access care.

“As a society, I believe it is our responsibility to take care of our neediest members,” Mulroe said. “That includes funding institutions and programs that support Medicaid patients, child care assistance, homeless prevention services, the elderly, and mental health services as this budget does.”

The budget package now moves to the House for consideration.

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