The state operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020 passed by the Illinois House in the final hours of May is a good compromise that will serve families in the 99th district well, State Representative Mike Murphy declared.
“No compromise will ever be perfect but this is a good, bi-partisan deal for our district and the entire state. After years of smoke-and-mirrors accounting, this year we have a truly balanced budget that will provide much needed certainty to state agencies and thousands of state workers here in Sangamon County,” Representative Murphy stressed. “This budget also contains a good-faith agreement among legislative leaders to pursue job-creating reforms that will allow us to start work on growing the Sangamon County economy.”
Representative Murphy added that the new $40.6 billion budget deal also renews the state’s commitment to education through an additional $375 million to K-12 education, a $50 million increase for early childhood education, a 5% increase for higher education and an additional $50 million for MAP grants for Illinois students. Additionally, the agreement makes the state’s full pension payment.
“Our work to turn around our economic problems is certainly not done, but this is a big step in the right direction,” Representative Murphy said.