022614 js 0245RSPRINGFIELD – In response to the possible budget cuts announced today by Illinois state agency directors, Revenue Committee Chairperson Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) released a statement focused on the need for action and consequences of failing to responsibly balance the budget for FY 2015.

“Our state cannot afford for its legislature to backtrack on so much progress by crippling funding for vital state services,” said Sen. Hutchinson. “If we see these cuts go through, children would live without shelter, proper nutrition or educational support. Due to laboratory testing cutbacks, rape kits would go untested, robbing women and men of the justice they deserve. Justice cannot afford a hiatus. Thousands of jobs lost and millions of dollars in reductions is not going to cut it. No more excuses. We need responsible solutions.”

The Department of Human Services, Department of Public Health and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs would see a combined 3,500 staff laid off and up to $676 million in reductions, while all agencies across the board would see a 20% reduction in funds.

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