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President Montgomery responds to Governor's budget address

2/15/2017
In response to Governor Rauner’s budget address, Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery released the following statement:

"The State Constitution requires the Governor to submit a balanced budget proposal to the General Assembly, and today Bruce Rauner failed the people of Illinois once again. The Governor again repeated his list of political demands, which is no substitute for an actual budget that will fund vital state services.

"The only promise the Governor has kept is that he would create a crisis in Illinois, which he has accomplished by refusing to pass a balanced budget. Social services are turning people away, and young people are abandoning their dreams because they have no access to college due to his cuts to student aid. Rauner the candidate explained this would be part of his plan if elected. Every day we go without a budget, the state is burning $2 million in late fees, money that should be used to fund our schools and services.  

"Imagine what Illinois could look like with real leadership – a state where millionaires and corporations pay their fair share, where our public schools are funded adequately and equitably, where our colleges and universities thrive. This is not possible with a Governor who puts his agenda before the needs of the people of Illinois."


The Illinois Working Together coalition, of which IFT is a key partner, also issued a strong statement after the Governor's remarks. Read it here.

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