- Published: 30 June 2016
"Our work isn't done... We need to be honest with the people of Illinois about what it's going to take to recover from the impasse and move forward toward a stronger future."
SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) issued the following statement on today’s passage of a compromise budget that funds human services and state government operations through January and K-12 schools for the full fiscal year:
Today, along with a bipartisan coalition of my colleagues, I proudly voted for a compromise that will allow schools to open on time, fund state government operations for the next six months, keep road and transit construction workers on the job and provide desperately needed relief to our human services providers.
This long-overdue action was a clear indication that despite our differences, many of our most central priorities are deeply shared across the aisle. When we lay aside partisan talking points and step away from lines in the sand, we can rebuild badly frayed trust and agree on the basics: education, public safety, investment in communities, health care resources and compassionate, quality services for the most vulnerable among us.
Our work isn’t done; many state functions will still only be funded through January, and passing a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year will require an even more difficult conversation about revenues. This is no time to return to the barricades. I will continue to engage in the working group process, which has made headway and possesses the potential to develop more sustainable solutions so we don’t find ourselves in the same situation this time next year.
We need to be honest with the people of Illinois about what it’s going to take to recover from the impasse and move forward toward a stronger future. I look forward to continuing this challenging but rewarding work so we can fund our shared priorities in a responsible way.