Springfield, IL… Today in an unprecedented move, the Illinois House passed a balanced budget with overwhelming bipartisan support. State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) joined colleagues on both sides of the aisle in supporting the budget and released the following statement:
“For the first time in what feels like forever the General Assembly managed to handle the budget process in a meaningful manner and negotiate a bipartisan balanced budget. I am most proud that this budget will ensure that we are following up on our commitment to education by ensuring an additional $350 million for our K-12 schools and fully funding MAP grants. It will also provide much needed money for the Quincy Veterans Home in addition to putting significant funding towards other capital investment projects, including ones in the 20th district.
The budget is not perfect, but it does manage to offer new pension reforms and cut spending while protecting our State’s priorities. It is a great first step and proves that we can work together to achieve better policies and reforms in the future.”