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Partial Budget is a Step in Right Direction

Jun 30, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago, issued the following statement today in response to the passage of a partial budget that will provide funding for human services and a full year of funding for K-12 education:

“While the vote today was a positive development, we must recognize the pain and suffering this budget crisis has caused to our most vulnerable residents.

“Over the last year, the impasse has left the elderly, disabled children, and struggling families without essential services. The proposal we passed today cannot make up for the damage caused by the impasse, but it will help ensure that our most vulnerable residents begin receiving the services that they depend upon.

“I voted to fund critical services like breast cancer screenings for women, assistance for children with disabilities, rape crisis centers, and in-home care for the elderly.

“It’s important to me that the measure we passed today ensures that our schools will open on time. While negotiating the bill, the Governor continually and repeatedly fought to preserve the inequitable education funding status quo, which shortchanges Chicago students. By standing together, we were able to secure over $300 million dollars in additional funding for Chicago Public Schools. This funding will help children in our neighborhoods receive the quality educational opportunities that they deserve.

“The proposal we passed was only a starting point. There remains plenty more work to do to complete a full budget, which should include asking the most affluent to pay their fair share. I am committed to working with both sides of the aisle to pass a responsible budget that does not abandon struggling families or our most vulnerable residents.”