“Our constitutional duty demands better of us.” – Senator Michael Noland

140326 CM 0270csSPRINGFIELD – Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin) made the following statement in response to the governor’s budget address to the General Assembly today.

“I welcome the governor’s commitment to funding education through the income tax rather than the property tax, which unfairly burdens poor school districts,” Sen. Noland said. “Our state’s financial situation leaves us with few options to ensure adequate school funding. Large class sizes, teacher layoffs and reductions in extracurriculars are no way to strengthen this state. That is the reality we face unless we address our state’s short- and long-term revenue needs. Our constitutional duty demands better of us.”

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030514 CM 0239csSPRINGFIELD – Automatic tax break that take effect next year will have a dramatically negative impact on State functions, according to testimony given to a Senate budget panel today.

State agencies testified on the impact a large cut in state funding would have on the programs and services they administer. The spending cuts will be necessary when the state income tax rate falls on January 1, 2015.

As a result of the possible cuts, thousands of teachers, police and other state workers would lose their jobs. Tens of thousands of low-income students would be unable to attend college. And vital state support for the unemployed and impoverished would be cut off.

“The damage that would be done is just staggering,” said Sen. Michael Noland, an Elgin Democrat. “Harming students and making our streets unsafe is not what we should be doing here. It’s saddening to see the direction this state is headed.”

The governor will propose his Fiscal Year 2015 budget, which must account for current revenue estimates, next week.

 

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SPRINGFIELD - Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin) released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s request for a $302 billion infrastructure investment from the U.S. Congress.

 “As a global economic hub, Illinois has always relied on good roads, strong bridges and sound railroads. I hope Congress heeds the President’s call for infrastructure investment. I look forward to doing whatever possible with my colleagues in the Senate to support the vital public assets that provide for our prosperity.”

The President’s request comes on the heels of a D+ rating of the country’s roads, ports and bridges by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Half of the funding for the investment would come from the President’s proposal to close tax loopholes on corporations.

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