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ANDRADE: STRUGGLING AND MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES SHOULD NOT BE HARMED BY UNRESOLVED STATE BUDGET

Jul 2, 2015

CHICAGO – On Wednesday, state Rep. Jaime Andrade D-Chicago, issued the following statement after supporting a temporary budget to ensure vital state programs remain funded:

“Today I voted to pass a temporary budget to try and avoid a government shutdown and make sure that basic services that middle-class and struggling families depend upon remain open and available.

“I am deeply disappointed that the governor continues to use a government shutdown as political leverage to force his agenda and needlessly hurt middle-class families. I hope the governor understands how much a shutdown will harm middle class and struggling families across the state and how even a temporary step is the right thing to do.

“While this legislation is not a solution to the budget crisis, it is a reasonable proposal that will continue funding for essential services including funding to protect our neighborhoods from crime, ensuring our veterans and elderly are cared for, and caring for children with developmental disabilities.

“Since this temporary budget did not pass, I will keep working towards a solution. Moving forward, I remain committed to a balanced approach and passing a budget that does not slash funding for vital programs that our most vulnerable residents rely upon.”