SPRINGFIELD…..In the final hours of Fiscal Year 2016, Republican and Democrat lawmakers came together and approved a package of bills that funds K-12 education at record-high levels for all of FY17, provides for six months of funding for all other key budget areas and freezes lawmaker pay. In response to the approval of the bill package on Thursday, State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) has issued the following statement:
“This is not a perfect plan. In fact, there are parts of this comprehensive agreement that I do not like. However, this was a negotiation, and we met in the middle to approve a plan to allow every school in Illinois to open on time in the fall, provide bridge funding to the charitable agencies that serve Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens, along with freezing lawmaker pay.”
“In particular, K-12 education will be funded in FY17 at the highest level in our state’s history. For the first time in seven years, the funding formula will not be prorated. This means that each of our schoolchildren will receive 100% of the funds promised to them. Most importantly, this measure removes children from the crossfire of the budget and reform negotiations, which have been put on hold by Democrat legislative leaders until after the November elections.