Act Now – Illinois is Facing Another Fiscal Crisis!
March 20, 2014
Illinois’ temporary personal and corporate income tax increase will expire in January 2015, exactly halfway through the next fiscal year, eliminating much needed revenue from Illinois’ general fund.
Recently, the House Appropriations Committees were given $2.38 billion in cuts to implement. Each committee will have to figure out how to implement these cuts within their own budgets which will be divvied among the various House Appropriations Committees as follows:
- Human Services: -$719 million
- K-12 Education: -$967 million
- Higher Education: -$248 million
- Public Safety: -$303 million
- General Services: -$144 million
These cuts are unacceptable. Year after year Illinois lawmakers have made harmful cuts to education, human services, health care, and public safety to balance the budget. After a decade of cuts, it’s time to tell lawmakers to find other solutions as these continued cuts hurt communities across Illinois. Please take action to speak out against these harmful cuts.
Here’s what you can do:
- Contact your legislators. Find your legislator’s contact information by clicking here.
- Attend the Fair Tax Citizen Lobby Day. A Better Illinois will mobilize a lobby day around the passage of the Fair Tax Act Thursday, March 27 at 11:00am in Springfield. For more information, including bus transportation options to Springfield, click here.
- Publicize the problem. Submit a letter to the editor to your local paper; post relevant information and links as well as your story on why your organization cannot afford further cuts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking websites; and bring this issue to relevant meetings or public venues to which you frequent.
Tell the story of your services and how these cuts will affect your agency, the services you provide, and the people you serve. Help lawmakers understand what will happen when they make cuts to our vital services and programs.
We will continue to keep you up-to-date with the latest information as well as ways for you to take action. For more information please contact: Steve Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dan Lyonsmith at email@example.com.
Thank you and spread the word!