Service Cuts Have Deep Negative Impact; Renews Calls for Taxing the Rich
by Kathy Powers, NA4J Board Member
Currently, there is no state budget. Funding for human services and other vital services such as education and childcare is in serious jeopardy.
Governor Rauner is pushing for deep spending cuts, including $138 million in cuts to human service. The Illinois General Assembly’s budget, vetoed by the governor, includes nearly $5 billion more in spending than Rauner’s proposal, but is about $4 billion short of the revenue needed to cover the spending.
We cannot abide this situation any longer! Conditions at the DHS office at 5050 N Broadway are already bad enough as it is; we fought many years to fix problems such as bed bugs, mold, mice, excessive heat, and lack of parking.
NA4J and the Alliance for Community Services partnered to host town hall meetings to educate members about these devastating cuts. Over 75 people attended our Northside town hall meeting on May 6, facilitated by fellow board members Louella Pickett and me.
Illinois has a long-term structural budget crisis. A budget solution that prevents continuing crisis after crisis requires long-term progressive revenue measures. NA4J urges our members to contact their state legislators in Springfield to push for progressive revenue solutions and to end this austerity agenda. None of our state legislators have proposed bills for new revenue; they are only criticizing Rauner.
NA4J and the Alliance propose several progressive revenue options:
Northside Action for Justice has an important voice in our community and plans to continue the fight for adequate funding to support decent, robust public services.
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