051915CM0716SMSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Ira I. Silverstein shared the following reactions to today’s budget address from the governor:

“Working families pay the price again this year for the governor’s budget proposals. Families in my district are leaving Illinois because the resources they need to stay afloat like job training, higher education, after school programs, child care assistance, Pace and RTA access, and fighting addiction are cut or eliminated in the Rauner budget. His record still leans hardest on working families seeking to stay in their homes and help their families succeed. I fear that families who lose these vital programs that could help them thrive will instead spend their resources to move out of state.

“The governor’s budget does little to reduce the current bill backlog, which as of today totals $8.8 billion. This means suppliers, service providers and contractors will continue to go unpaid. That is unacceptable.


“The governor plans to shift a shocking amount of funding responsibility for teachers’ pensions to school districts – which means even greater increases to property taxes would be likely to accommodate this drastic shift.

“To provide relief for potentially more skyrocketing property tax rates, I have filed a legislative plan for a property tax freeze. With more bipartisan cooperation as we in the General Assembly achieved last year, we can again work to improve the lives of working families.”

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