January , 2019

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The state’s most vulnerable residents and the pay of state workers wouldbe temporarily safeguarded from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s government shutdown under a critical services budget passed by Illinois  state Rep. LaShawn Ford, D-Chicago.

“This temporary budget can  ensures that the state of Illinois continues to  take care some of the  most pertinent responsibilities while legislators and the Governor come to a permanent budget  solution for FY16,” said Ford. “The revenue for this budget is not a fund sweep or borrowed money its taxpayers’ money and it’s the right thing to do to protect the people of Illinois.  If we fail to continue to protect and provide the needed care for the people in Illinois taxpayers will only be hit with a great tax liability to correct the unintended consequences of not providing the critical services in the budget.

As a new fiscal year began without a long-term state budget in place on July 1, a number of critical services including in-home care for seniors, the salaries of tens of thousands of state employees, therapeutic services for the developmentally disabled and even the incarceration of sexually violent criminals were at risk of coming to a pause.

Ford passed Senate Bill 2040, a critical services budget that provides continued funding forsome of Illinois’ most important state services, and compensation for tens of thousands of state workers while legislators and the governor work to construct a long-term state budget. Ford voted to protect critical funding for therapy and work placement assistance for the physically disabled, care for aging veterans, protective shelters for children who are victims of abuse, programs that keep dangerous sexual predators incarcerated, public safety services like operating expenses for prisons and the Illinois State Police, and the Community Care Program, which allows elderly residents to receive in-home care and avoid costlier nursing home care.

“People in need deserve a state government that works for them,” said Ford. “There is more work to be done to protect the critical services that working families, senior citizens and those with disabilities are provided for, and I will continue to fight for a long-term budget solution that puts their needs first or a short term budget that protects all state programs and services until a full budget is passed and signed into law .”

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