Moylan: Budget Work Far From Over, Pledges to Continue Working on Fair and Responsible Budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget crisis threatens to drag on into a third year, state Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, continues to urge the governor to return to the table and negotiate a fair and responsible budget, while also warning that local taxpayers cannot afford a Senate budget proposal built on phantom savings and irresponsible budget games.

“Illinois simply cannot afford the fantasy budgets that are built on false projections and phantom savings,” Moylan said. “The proposal passed out of the Senate on a partisan vote does nothing to get us closer to ending this budget crisis. I also will not support raising taxes on middle-class families and the Senate proposal would essentially raise taxes higher than they were four years ago.”

Moylan and House appropriations committees have reviewed the budget proposal passed by the Senate and have uncovered a number phantom savings and other budgetary gimmicks that will cost taxpayers in the long run. The Senate proposal would authorize billions of dollars in new borrowing, but does not budget the payments needed to repay this debt.

While Moylan has fought to restore funding for breast cancer screenings, services for the developmentally disabled and victims of domestic violence, the Senate’s budget plan cuts millions of dollars from these programs.

Moylan also expressed concern that the Senate’s plan does not appropriate adequate early childhood education funds to meet federal guidelines, failing to properly fund critical services necessary to helping children achieve their full potential. Additionally, the Senate’s proposal contains only a portion of the funding needed to sustain MAP grants, which help 130,000 Illinois students attend college.

“The only way our state will be able to move beyond this budget crisis is if Bruce Rauner drops his extreme corporate agenda and comes back to the negotiating table,” Moylan said. “I am ready to work with him on lowering property taxes and ensuring our small businesses have the support they need to thrive. The honest truth is no legislation will offset the damage being done to our state. Drastic action needs to be taken now to pass a fair and responsible budget. I am ready and willing to work with the governor on making a more prosperous Illinois for everybody.”