Lawmakers approve stop-gap budget to fund K-12 schools, critical state services

After months of bipartisan negotiations, Illinois lawmakers approved a stop-gap budget June 30 that will fund K-12 schools, universities, road projects, social services, and critical state operations for a limited period of time, according to Senator Chris Nybo.

“This is not the budget we hoped for after nearly a year of negotiation, but it is the budget we can afford that addresses our most important priorities,” Senator Nybo said. “It funds K-12 schools for a full year, but does not bail out Chicago at the expense of the suburbs. It funds essential state services, including programs to help our most vulnerable citizens, and it funds important transportation projects for which we get federal support. But it’s not a full budget, and our work is not done. We need to pass a fully balanced budget supported by critical reforms making our economy more competitive, our government more responsible, and our property taxes less onerous.”

Fiscal Year 2017 begins July 1, 2016.

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