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IFT Response to Passage of “Flat” State Budget Plan

5/30/2014
CHICAGO – Today, the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) released the following statement in response to the General Assembly passing a “flat” state budget plan:
"Band-aid budgeting is no way to govern,” said Dan Montgomery, President of the IFT and a high school English teacher for eighteen years. “Lawmakers knew the temporary income tax rate they passed would expire this year and chose election protection over what was right. They chose an irresponsible budget over what could really help children, schools, and universities. We’ve seen this movie before and know what happens next: larger classes, layoffs, and cuts to critical public services. It’s time to muster the political will and get real about the revenue and investment needed to protect education and our communities. The future of Illinois depends on it.”

To read more about the IFT’s position, click here.

The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) is made up of more than 100,000 teachers and staff in PreK-12 school districts, higher education professionals, public employees, and retirees throughout Illinois.

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