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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Illinois Budget Crisis, the state has stopped funding vital services for its citizens!

as posted at webpage of the Responsible Budget Coalition.


As of July 1, the state has stopped funding vital services for children, families, and communities. Providers have already been forced to cut off families from vital services and eliminate essential jobs. Some have closed their doors.
Budgets are choices.  It's time for politicians to choose Illinois children, families, and communities.

What can we do?
We can tell lawmakers to choose to stand up for Illinois by choosing revenue --not cuts to children, families, and communities-- to close the budget hole.
1) Call your lawmaker toll free at 1-844-311-CUTS (1-844-311-2887). Tellthem to choose revenue because Illinois families need a year-long, fully funded budget now.
2) Email your lawmaker and the Governor by entering your information below.


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Who is the Responsible Budget Coalition?

The Responsible Budget Coalition is a group of 200 organizations across Illinois united to preserve vital services for Illinois families and communities, and committed to fighting for fair revenue to invest in our future.
Members of the Responsible Budget Coalition stand by our three guiding principles:
  • Adequate revenue to support state priorities and make smart investments
  • No more cuts to vital programs and services
  • Fairness in raising revenue and making any cuts caused by failure to raise adequate revenue
How did we get here?
Despite warnings from bond houses that a failure to maintain 2014 tax rates would cause serious harm to Illinois’ families, lawmakers cut taxes. Now Illinois has a $5-6 billion revenue gap, and neither the Governor nor lawmakers have developed a plan to fully fund a year-long budget that invests in children, families, and communities.


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