Fiscal Focus

Budget Inaction to Bring Greater Hardship

June 22, 2016

Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger has been traveling the state to warn that hardship caused by the state’s ongoing budget impasse will grow significantly if Illinois enters a new fiscal year on July 1 without further action in Springfield.

Speaking at a news conferences in Chicago, Normal, Peoria and Rockford, Comptroller Munger highlighted four budget bills that were passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor that will sunset in the new fiscal year.

These are the payments that will stop without new legislation:

$13.7 billion
for K-12 education

$3.1 billion
that funded local governments, 911 call centers, domestic violence shelters, lottery winners and other programs and services

$5.4 billion
in federal spending including the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, child nutrition programs, HIV prevention and home-delivered meals for seniors

$600 million
for colleges, universities (including $20.9 million for ISU) and MAP grants

“The best thing Springfield can do is pass a balanced budget that addresses the holes in this year’s budget and allows for those who rely on government to plan for the year ahead, as is required by the State Constitution,” Munger said. “And at the very least, our state owes it to its taxpayers to pass funding that allows our schools to open, ensures vendors are paid for services already provided and keeps critical state government operations running.”