093011br0124RSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) voted in favor of a balanced, bipartisan budget this evening that invests more state funding in education while opposing proposed cuts by Gov. Bruce Rauner to a host of after school programs and services.

“Our state budget is a moral document,” Hutchinson said. “Our priorities are shown by where we choose to invest. The spending plan we developed and passed invests in our children, our students and individuals with disabilities while making commonsense cuts to non-essential services to ensure we are living within our means.”

The budget plan, contained in House Bill 109 and House Bill 3342, includes $350 million more in education funding with an additional $50 million investment in early childhood education. Higher education institutions, which have borne the brunt of Illinois’ budget impasse over the last few years, receive $25 million in additional state funding.

Child care centers and at-home day care centers will receive an increase in the reimbursement rate from the state as well under this budget proposal.

The budget proposal contains nearly $600 million in spending cuts, including approximately half a billion in savings through innovative pension reform measures.

“The past three years have been devastating for the State of Illinois,” Hutchinson said. “This budget will bring needed stability and certainty as we continue to recover from the protracted budget impasse.”

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