Constituents’ concerns about the budget are well-founded, but I am urging the public not to be scared by what many people view as fear tactics by the Governor. Many constituents have expressed concern over reports that the budget approved by Democrat lawmakers late on May 31 only funds state government at 50 percent, but these reports are not correct. In reality, the budget appropriates almost 90 percent of the funds requested by Governor Quinn.
DEMOCRAT LEADERS CUT FUNDING FOR SOCIAL SERVICES
It is primarily Illinois’ social services that lose out—it was these programs that were only funded at 50 percent of the level originally proposed. Instead of deciding that the bulk of the budget cuts should be made across the board, Democrat legislative leaders opted to substantially cut only social services.
This was a conscious decision on their part to reduce funding for the programs and providers that serve Illinois’ most vulnerable populations, and a choice that was seemingly made in order to incite backlash and build public pressure to pass an increase in the state income tax.