|03 06||Representative Dunkin Responds to Gov. Quinn’s Budget Address|
Springfield, IL –State Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) released the following statement in response to Governor Pat Quinn’s Annual Budget Address.
“It’s disappointing and unfortunate that Governor Quinn has proposed steep cuts to education, human services and healthcare in the budget this year. I find it very difficult to continue making cuts to the education of our children and cutting services that are vital for many of the seniors, disabled citizens and working families in my district. We must strive to encourage a fiscally responsible budget while preserving essential services for the people of the state.
“As the chairman of the House Higher Education Appropriations Committee, I know first-hand the crucial budget needs of our universities and colleges. I was pleased to see that Gov. Quinn proposed maintaining Monetary Assistance Program grants to help Illinois families pay for college. Our graduates now compete for jobs with applicants from across the world and it’s important for the future of our state to prepare students for those positions so that they will remain residents of Illinois and generate commerce in our local communities. We will carefully examine the governors proposed cuts and work to ensure first rate higher learning in Illinois.
“We must reform our pensions in order to reduce our growing obligations. Years of mismanagement created this problem yet thousands of people across our state still depend on their pensions to survive. We cannot balance this budget solely on their backs. In lieu of finding new revenue streams, reforming the systems is vital to crafting a balanced budget. We have some tough decisions to make and I will continue working to make our district an even better place to live and raise a family.”
For more information or state related questions, please contact Dunkin’s full-time constituent service office at (312) 266-0340.
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