Faraci Budget Address

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Paul Faraci (D-Champaign) issued the following statement in response to the governor’s proposed budget address Wednesday:

“We need to pass a budget that is responsible and fair for Illinois families. The governor’s proposed budget is a good start.

“I want to see Illinois become a place where families are excited about their local school district, regardless of their ZIP code. In order for that to happen, the state has to keep good on its promise for continued investment in K-12 education. I’m happy to say that in the governor’s proposed budget, we are seeing the state keep its promise.

“It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I will be advocating for higher education as this is the largest economic engine for our community. Additional funding for higher education keeps more students in Illinois, which further helps our local economy. The additional $10 million for MAP grants in the governor’s proposal recognizes the importance of higher education in our state, but I will still push for more.

“An issue that is very important to myself and many families across Champaign and Vermilion counties is funding to support people living with disabilities. After reviewing the governor’s proposal, it’s good to see funding to expedite 630 children with disabilities from waiting lists into direct services, but we have to do more to help this community. It’s our responsibility to look out for our neighbors because they are worth the investment and deserve to live with dignity.

“In the coming months, budget negotiations will continue and I will work to fight for the priorities of residents in our community.”