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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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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JobFair-4.24.14Please join me on Apri 24 for a Community Hiring Fair, being held at the Kankakee Valley Park District Recreation Center.
 
When: Thursday, April 24 (10:00am - 2:00pm)
Where: Kankakee Valley Park Dist. Rec. Ctr. (150 N. Indiana Ave., Kankakee)
 
Job seekers: Click here to pre-register for the hiring fair.
 
Interested employers: Click here to register for this worthwhile event.

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file5441277786833SPRINGFIELD, IL – Sen. Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) released the statement below in response to President Obama’s proposed four-year, $302 billion highway bill:

“Highway development and maintenance is undeniably central to our American way of life. Here in Illinois, the passage of President Obama’s proposed highway bill would provide crucial funding for projects such as, the Illiana Expressway, the construction of which will provide construction jobs for thousands and improved transportation of goods and services in South Suburban Illinois and across the Midwest.

“Perhaps, even more importantly, these funds would be supported in part by a corporate tax overhaul, tax code reform being a cause that I continue to fight for here in Illinois. Closing tax loopholes and making the tax system fairer for all while developing our state’s infrastructure and adding essential jobs for Illinois families, is a worthy cause that I can give my full support to.”

Today, President Obama will propose the bill that will build highways, bridges, railways and transit programs, as well as protect 700,000 jobs.

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