General Assembly passes plan to fund schools and government services

On June 30 State Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) joined fellow legislators of the General Assembly in passing a state funding package with no state tax hike, no bailout for Chicago, and provides a full year of funding for K-12 schools and road construction projects. The legislation also includes six months of funding for higher education and state operated facilities, such as prisons and veterans’ homes.

“Today’s actions in Springfield are proof that legislators can come together and create affordable and responsible solutions,” said Sen. McConchie. “I am glad to see that the political games were finally set aside so progress could be made.”

Sen. McConchie continued, “I’m pleased to say there is no state tax increase and no Chicago bailout in the budget deal. Taxpayers should not be made to subsidize Chicago’s failures. This budget agreement prevents that.”

Additionally, transportation, human services and other critical government services will also receive funding to keep projects and services running.

“A short-term budget is not what I had hoped for, but it was the only path forward to ensure critical government services get funded and schools open on time,” said McConchie. “I am hopeful that the motivation we’ve seen the past couple days continues and the General Assembly is able to pass a full balanced budget with much needed reforms in the months to follow.”

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