Bipartisan budget legislation signed by Governor

Springfield– Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation passed by the Senate on Dec. 7 to fund local 911 centers, pay lottery winners, and allow the spending of federal dollars, according to State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).

“This is an example of what’s possible when both sides work together toward a common goal,” said Senator Barickman. “This is just a small part of the total state budget, so we still have a long way to go, but it’s a positive step.”

Senate Bill 2039 appropriates funding to local governments, 911 call centers, lottery winners, the Special Olympics, HIV/Aids prevention, the state portion of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, police and fire training, veterans’ homes, and other programs. The bill also includes motor fuel tax disbursements to local governments, which fund programs such as snow plowing and road repairs.

Most spending contained in the bill is limited to non-GRF (General Revenue Fund) dollars from funds that collect money for specific programs or agencies, and federal dollars.

“Make no mistake, this just a first step in the very difficult process of creating bipartisan agreement on a balanced budget,” said Senator Barickman. “But this shows that it is possible to reach consensus on state spending. Hopefully we can use this as a roadmap for a full budget.”

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