House Passes School Funding and Stopgap Budget

Springfield, IL…The House and Senate today passed a stopgap funding plan meant to serve as a bridge to a more comprehensive balanced budget for FY17. SB2047 provides a full year of funding for elementary and secondary education, road construction, federal programs and other non-GRF programs for both fiscal years 2016 and 2017. In addition, GRF money is appropriated to cover utilities, food and medical services at state prisons, mental health centers, veterans’ homes and other 24 hour care facilities as well as critical human services not being paid under consent decrees or court order and continued operations of other key state government services.

State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) issued the following statement after the passage of the bill:

“Intense pressure from the public finally brought the Democrat leadership, previously deaf to the outcry from the Illinois citizens, to the negotiating table. The legislation passed today will give peace of mind to parents and students and the stopgap funding plan will serve as a bridge to a comprehensive balanced budget for fiscal year 2017. Significantly, this plan does not count on enactment of a tax hike. With this bipartisan agreement, like others before it, we’ve proven that good faith negotiations are possible if both sides are committed and serious about acting in the best interests of the state. Using this framework and momentum we should continue to work together to forge a full and balanced state budget.”