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State Senator Andy Manar
48th Legislative District

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SPRINGFIELD – Marking the first step in the long process in which lawmakers will negotiate the state’s next budget, Governor JB Pritzker delivered his 2020 budget address to the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday.

While he was pleased with proposed investments in jobs and infrastructure, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker) said he hoped to hear a more thorough commitment to school funding.

“I appreciate the governor’s commitment to funding education, but it is concerning that the proposal leaves open the possibility that our budget may not meet the established progress we expect toward school funding equity. In any case, in any revenue structure, the right to a high-quality public education doesn’t change, nor does our responsibility under the law to see it through.”

Pritzker’s budget supports increased K-12 education funding, yet a significant portion of money needed to satisfy the state’s school funding requirement by law still hangs in the balance.

“I look forward to working with the governor to craft a budget that meets the commitment to currently underfunded schools,” Manar said.

“Beyond that, I was very glad that the governor’s budget proposal advances issues that I view as imperative for a robust downstate economy,” Manar said. “It streamlines the process of starting a small business, maintains strong support for tech education and building trades careers, and sustains our state’s unprecedented investments in rural and downstate infrastructure.”

Pritzker’s budget proposal funds the creation of the One-Stop New Business Permitting Portal, which will centralize and simplify administrative procedures for business licensing and permits. It also supports economic development initiatives like career and technical education programs, and the Illinois Works Jobs Programs that would help downstate residents launch careers in construction and building trades.

The historic Rebuild Illinois infrastructure plan, announced last year and currently making headway on roads and bridges through the state, would be fully funded under Pritzker’s recommendation.

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Springfield Office:
119A Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: (217) 782-0228

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Macon County Office Building
141 S. Main St., Suite 502
Decatur, IL 62523
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Bunker Hill, IL 62014
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