State and local lawmakers react to Rauner’s ‘Chopping Block’ Budget

This cuts to the heart of many of my posts and serves as an excellent illustration of punitive public policies.

The Governor of Illinois Proposes the following budget:

In 2015, regardless of the obvious damage this kind of budget has done to the lives of our countrymen
this Republican governor proposes the following cuts:

• $1.5 billion reduction to Health and Family Services budget, including elimination of Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation facilities.

• Division of mental health — $82 million reduction

•More than 30 percent cut to all public universities over 2015.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

Over the past several days since Gov. Rauner’s Feb. 18 budget address, there has been a tidal wave of reactions from state and local lawmakers–much of them penchant critiques of the governor’s cost-cutting.

The Chicago Sun-Times created a handy list of ten areas on “Rauner’s chopping block.” Virtually all of the cuts will affect residents of Proviso Township:

10 Areas on Rauner’s Chopping Block

Medicaid:

• $1.5 billion reduction to Health and Family Services budget, including elimination of Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation facilities.

Human Services:

• Division of alcohol and substance abuse – $27.5 million reduction

• Division of mental health — $82 million reduction

• Elimination of Best Buddies, Project Autism, Arc of Illinois, Homeless youth services, Immigration Integration Services, Illinois Welcoming centers

• $23 million reduction to Early Intervention Program

Public Health:

• $19 million reduction from 2015

Pensions: 

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