032614 js 1139csRSPRINGFIELD  - In response to the budget plan announced today by Governor Quinn, Revenue Committee Chairperson Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) released a statement concentrating on the need for a new vision looking past the tired politics of the budget process and onto whom it truly affects in real terms.

“If our goal as a state and as a nation is to move forward in a substantive and responsible manner, then our budget in Illinois has to reflect this aspiration,” said Senator Hutchinson. “The fate of future generations should not be linked to the fate of today’s ideological battles over budgetary constraints, but to the quality of the education that our state’s budget can grant them access to. The same stymied political maneuverings of the past are not going to bear new fruit for us now and on into the future. We need a responsible budget that will adequately protect schools, jobs, and other critical services that the people require.

The governor’s worst-case budget plan leaves Illinois with 20% budget cuts across the board for all state agencies, forcing thousands of Illinoisans onto the unemployment line. This scenario lurks as the scheduled fall in the tax rate is approaching at the end of the year. After years of budget cuts, Sen. Hutchinson believes we need responsible solutions free of lay-offs and reductions to critical state services in order to properly and safely move forward.

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